Summer Writing Challenge: Day 5


Beautiful tropical beach with the word summer written on the san

We are five days in to our June creative challenge and today I thought I’d mix it up a bit by posting a simple writing exercise. This is one I came up with and it always helps me focus on a character, theme or place. It is called:

Tell Me Ten

Just number a sheet of paper from one to ten then tell me ten things about, say,  your main character (if you are writing fiction.) If you can’t tell me ten things… you probably need to do some more character development. Those ten things may never actually appear in the story, but they should definitely  be in your head some where.

Here’s an example from my short story Toby, The Elf (which was part of the 12 Days of Christmas Stories here on ritaLOVEStoWRITE):

Tell Me Ten


If time allows do this for each of your primary characters and locals.

I’ve used this technique when I’ve gotten stuck, bored or sidetracked in a story.






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About ritalovestowrite

Freelance writer, graphic designer, musician, foodie and Jane Austen enthusiast in Northern Baltimore County, Maryland. As a writer I enjoy both fiction and non fiction (food, travel and local interest stories.) As an advocate for the ARTS, one of my biggest passions is helping young people find a voice in all the performing arts. To that end it has been my honor to give one-on-one lessons to elementary, middle and high school students in graphic design and music. And as JANE-O I currently serve as the regional coordinator for JASNA Maryland and am working on a Regency/Federal cooking project. View all posts by ritalovestowrite

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