Character Conversations #2: Create A Character From Yourself

Have you ever read a book and noticed the main character or one of the characters having similar characteristics with the author?

I know I have!

And I’ve created characters who have similar characteristics to mine.

This can be a super useful form of inspiration when creating characters. Look into yourself. There is a ton of information in there.

In this blog post, you’ll learn about creating characters from your unique characteristics, likes, dislikes, and more.

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First off, let’s do an exercise.

Step #1. List Your Characteristics, Annoyances, And Likes

  • What characteristics are unique to you?
  • What annoys you?
  • What kind of things do you like?
  • What are some rants of yours?

Write out your answers to all of the questions from above. You might even think of your own questions, as well.

Here is my list:

  • Dislike for people with certain names because I’m always disappointed with how they turn out to treat me. It’s like a name curse. As soon as I meet them and they say “Hi, my name is….” and I am secretly thinking “Great… here goes another ruined friendship or failed opportunity.”
  • Dislike it when people don’t reason and think about things before they speak.
  • Hate how negative and full of lies social media is.
  • Hate the US vs THEM mentality of today’s society.

Step #2. Now Pick One Of The Characteristics

Use that one characteristic to inspire you to write a paragraph in first person, from a person who is fully focused on that specific topic.

I’m picking the first one.

It really bothers me that certain names are just a mismatch for me. It’s like the universe keeps handing me bad apples in the form of people. People with these same names never seem to fail — they disappoint me.

Step #3. Answer These Questions About Your Character

When I was little, my dad told me about these 5 magic words you can insert in front of any sentence to get people talking and answering questions. Which are “Who, what, where, when, and how.”

Here are the questions to ask of your characters:

  • Who are they?
  • Why are they so annoyed with this?
  • What do they love?
  • What is their job?

Step #4. Now Write A Paragraph Creating Your Character

Here is mine:

It’s my first day as an intern at a my dream job. The lady who is going to train me, steps out and offers her hand. “Hi, my name is Shelia (Name is not name I hate… I am not sharing that here.) My stomach lurches and does somersaults as soon as her name leaves her lips. The last time I met a Shelia, which carved this hatred for the name, was when Shelia was convicted of murdering my aunt.”

So, see what I did there? I took something I hated “that name curse” I mentioned above, and then spun it into a story about a character starting as an intern at a company she wants to work at. Then you find out why she hates the name.

*Note: I don’t dislike the names that I mentioned above, for a matter such as my character’s above. I made that all up.

Please share the character you created below in the comments section.

How To Create A Mini Desk Vision Board

I feel like art and the fit life have a lot connected to each other. Art, creativity, and inspiration inspire me to be a better person and when I work out and do the things that make me a better person, I feel more creative. I also feel like accomplishing more.

Today I want to show you how you can create your very own Desk Vision Board. It’s going to be something you can set on your desk at work to remind yourself of who you want to become and to keep your vision and goals fresh and on your mind throughout the day. This can be for fitness or projects you are working on. The one I made for example is to keep my story on the top of my mind. It will remind me to keep writing.

What you’ll need:
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  • Mini canvas + easel (I got mine at Hobby Lobby. The canvas and easel came together.)
  • Paint
  • Modge Podge
  • Paint Brush
  • Cut out pieces of magazines, newspapers, print outs from Pinterest, and more.
  • Permanent Markers

Step #1: Think About Your Goals.

  • What are your goals?
  • What’s your vision?
  • Who do you want to be?
  • What do you want to accomplish? (Fitness and in life?)

Step #2: What Will Represent Your Accomplished Goals?

What will show your goals as though they’ve been accomplished? For example, I want to lose weight. For that, I’d find a picture of a healthy looking person. Or even some words that stand for the fit life I’d like to live. Or for my example, I want to finish writing this book, so this will serve as a reminder to get it done.

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Step #3: Start Creating Your Masterpiece.

Put some Modge Podge onto your canvas and start decorating it with different things. When you are finished let it dry.

After letting it dry, you can come back and add more to it. Or you can add words and phrases with a permanent marker.

There is no limit on this. This is your masterpiece and it’s meant to inspire you to be the best you. Also to accomplish your dreams!

Step #4: Decorate Your Desk With It

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Did you create one? If so, I’d love to see it. Share a picture on Instagram and tag me: @devinberglundjoubert

Character Conversations #1: An Introduction To Character Conversations

Back when my husband was visiting from Australia (before we were married) we were driving in the hot desert outside of Las Vegas. We were talking about different ideas and one came up about creating characters and showing people how to create their own from the examples.

I feel like some of the best ideas come while on road trips. There is just something so magical, freeing, and inspiring about going someplace new. Our whole conversation got me thinking, and I’ve decided to start a blog series on this, called Character Conversations.

First off, I want to start with some important tips for writing characters and then I will share my first Character Conversations character with you all.

In each Character Conversations post, I will share with you, how I created the character. What I used as inspiration and ideas so that you can turn around and implement those tips to help you create your own characters.

Each writer has an area of strength and I’ve talked to a few who have asked me about my detailed descriptions and my characters. So, I know this is something that people struggle with. Especially if you are more intrigued about writing plot driven stories instead of character driven. I love writing stories that are driven by characters and editors/agents/readers love a story with a strong character—good or evil.

4 Things To Keep In Mind While Creating Your Characters

  1. Your characters are real. Give them real wants and real flaws.
  2. People watch with a pen and paper in hand. Go someplace with a notebook and pen. Sit down and watch people. Just spend some time writing physical descriptions down. Write down facial expressions, clothes, confidence, and anything else you can see.
  3. Ask yourself the right questions. Many writers go to the character sketch before they even know their characters. I’ve never really liked that about character sketches. If you don’t even know your character yet, how are you going to answer those questions? So instead I opt for you asking yourself the right questions to start off with.This makes me think of a time when I was in Australia at a Character workshop and there was another lady there who was participating in the class and she asked, “So who is really talking when you write through your characters. Is it you? Or your character?” So you can see how there is a bit of confusion when it comes to characters.But if you take a little time to wonder and think about your character you’ll have a lot less trouble when it comes to soaking into her or his shoes when you are writing. Take your character notebook with you to your writing desk and ask yourself “How can I combine these physical descriptions and features into a character for a story or book?
  4. A word of caution. Be careful if a real person inspired a made-up character. I’ve heard of writers who have been sued over things like that. So if you want to write a character who might have similar characteristics as a person you know, then be sure to change it up enough that they would never know it was them.

Now, since we have the tips out in the open, let’s create a character.

I went out and did a little people watching as well.

Step #1: Come up with the character list.

This is the list I came up with: (remember, when you do this, you might be watching one person or many people. Take ideas from everywhere.)

  • frizzy hair tied up in a short pony tail that sticks out of her head like a palm tree in the back.
  • rough skin
  • eye-glasses on the tips of her nose.
  • shifting eyes
  • a secretary
  • a fan of gossiping

Step #2: What story do you want to tell?

(Write a character story sentence. This will tell who she/he is, what they want, and what their purpose is in the story.)

With this character, I can see her being the Demon Secretary In Hell. She takes her job extremely carefully, and she loves hearing the juicy gossip to tell the Office Demons she works with. She is the Devil’s secretary, except he could care less.

Once you write down your character story sentence, you can start writing.

Step #3: Start writing your character.

Edith Blackridge took her job seriously as she scribbled in her scrawling handwriting on the H.E.L.L admittance forms. They’d been getting plenty of new members. A glob of slime fell from the cavernous ceiling above and onto her desk with a splat. She humphed while pushing her glasses up further onto her greenish nose. Her hair was a knot of grey and black hair.

This was happening more than it wasn’t and she’d complained about it already. That janitor better get better at his job or else the boss isn’t going to be happy, she grinned while turning to look at the office door behind her. A sign hung on it, with blood red writing, which said: Satan.

Now, it’s your turn!

Step #1: Come up with a character list.

Step #2: What story do you want to tell? (Write a character story sentence. This will tell who she/he is, what they want, and what their purpose is in the story.)

Step #3: Start writing your character.

Each time you do this, you will come up with a different character and if you are using this exercise to come up with characters in a book that you are currently writing, think about what the purpose for the character is in the larger scheme of things.

How will they either help or cause more pain for your protagonist. There has to be a reason to have the character on the page.

Did you do the exercise? If so, answer the three questions in the comments section below. I’d love to see what you come up with. 

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Instagram Tips To Make Your Life Easier & More Insta Worthy

I always feel like Instagram is a mini vacation away from everyday life in the form of pictures.

Instagram is a fun and relaxing way to share your world with the rest of the world. You can share what it’s like from your point of view. In this blog post, I want to share with you some of my favorite Instagram tips, that will make your Instagram sparkle and shine.

1. First Off, Go On An Adventure!

It’s important that you share the goals you want to accomplish and also the steps you are taking to get there. The adventure is made up of the steps it takes to get you there.

This week I am sharing Instagram tips here on Instagram! Be sure to follow me and join the fun! Tip of the day! Take action. Do. Start now. Go on an adventure. 1. You only have one life. Go out into life with all you’ve got!! 2. Start now with your goals and dreams. In wildlife photography you’ll miss the perfect shot if you wait too long because the animals will move. So take the shot right away. Take a few. This is the same for reaching goals. Want to write a book? Start now. Finish it!! 3. Look for opportunity. In this photo, I am in Death Valley, California. We climbed sand dunes and my fiancé got a perfect shot. 4. Don’t miss out!! Photo Credit: Johan Joubert Sign up for an AWESOME FREE Instagram course:bit.ly/1gK4jLY (Or click the link in my Instagram bio!) #instagood #instadaily #instagram #VSCOcam #vsco #moon #California #deathvalley #country #socialmedia #socialmediamarketing #reach #friend #friendship #friends #marketing #writing #amwriting #writinglife #amwriting #photography #Nikon #nature #natureismymuse #marketingtips #color #design #darling #darlingmovement #deathvalleynationalpark #sanddunes

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2. Use Some Color

Something that’s really important on Instagram is that you keep all your pictures in a color spectrum or theme. Try to make sure that your last eight photos match in a certain way.

Some people keep using a color throughout and then change it up in the next eight images.

This week I am sharing Instagram tips here on Instagram! Be sure to follow me and join the fun! Color. Find your color scheme. It’s important that you make your pictures all feel like they belong together. And that they fit in with your bio. Could a person look at your last photos and be able to tell you what you do? If so, you’re doing a great job!! Use The app Adobe Color to figure out your color scheme. You can even use it to find colors to use in Photoshop or other programs. Check it out! It’s a really cool app!! Also, check out the FREE Instagram course on the clickable link, in my bio. #instagood #instadaily #instagram #VSCOcam #vsco #moon #Minnesota #country #socialmedia #socialmediamarketing #reach #friend #friendship #friends #marketing #writing #amwriting #writinglife #amwriting #photography #Nikon #nature #natureismymuse #marketingtips #color #design

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3. Share Something NEW!

Share something you aren’t sharing on other social platforms. When you share something new and exciting you aren’t sharing elsewhere online people will want to follow you to learn more, because you are giving them useful content that they can use.

This week I am sharing Instagram tips here on Instagram! Be sure to follow me and join the fun! Share. Some people have a tough time figuring out what they want to share on Instagram. 1. Share something you aren’t sharing on other social platforms. When you share new and exciting things you aren’t sharing elsewhere people will want to follow you to learn more, because you are giving them useful content that they can use. That creates trust. 2. When you are photographing think of what will look pleasing to the eye. You want colorful and fresh images to grab the eye. Come back tomorrow for more Instagram tips! While you are waiting, start sharing something you aren’t sharing on other social media platforms. Also, check out the FREE Instagram course on the clickable link, in my bio. #instagood #instadaily #instagram #VSCOcam #vsco #moon #Minnesota #country #socialmedia #socialmediamarketing #reach #friend #friendship #friends #marketing #writing #amwriting #writinglife #amwriting #photography #Nikon #nature #natureismymuse #marketingtips

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4. Reach & Show People You Care!

Reach out and connect with other people. The most important thing in social media and marketing is to focus on the relationships and friendships! That’s really the only thing that is important—relationships. It’s not about numbers or page views.

It’s about connection to other people who are interested in the same things you are. Building a community is super important!

  1. Check out the people who follow you and join the conversation. Just get to know them. And do not name drop your blog, or Facebook page, or the book you wrote, in their comments. That’s tacky and will turn off people around you!
  2. When people comment on your pictures or comment back to you on other people’s pictures make sure you comment back. Show people you genuinely care!
  3. Don’t write “Cool! Follow back.” on people’s Instagram comments, as it’s rude. Honestly, when people write this on my posts, I just delete the comment and avoid the person.

This week I will be sharing Instagram tips on my Instagram page! Make sure you follow me and join the fun! Instagram Tip Number One: Reach. Reach out and connect with other people. All social media and marketing is focused on relationships and friendships! It’s not about numbers or page views. It’s about connection to other people who are interested in the same things you are. Building a community is super important! 1. Check out the people who follow you and join the conversation. Just get to know them. And do not name drop your blog, or Facebook page, or the book you wrote, in their comments. That’s tacky and will turn off people around you! 2. When people comment on your pictures or comment back to you on other people’s pictures make sure you comment back. Show people you genuinely care! Come back tomorrow for more Instagram tips! But, while you’re waiting… Reach out to the people around you! #instagood #instagram #instadaily #VSCOcam #redrockcanyon #redrockNV #socialmediamarketing #socialmedia #reach #friendship #friends #marketing #writing #writinglife #amwriting #photography #Nikon #Nature #natureismymuse #marketingtips

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5. Tidy Up Your Hashtags

I’ve found that it’s difficult to have a calming aesthetic when you have to read captions that are filled with tons of different hashtags. And then when there are a bunch of hashtags at the bottom as well.

If you’d like to clean up your hashtags, read on for a great tip!

 

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See what I did there?

All you have to do is:

1. Go to your notes app.

2. Type 5 periods in a row like this:
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#InsertHashtagHere #YourHashtagGoesHere #HashtagHere #AndYouProbablyGetTheHashtagPoint.

3. Then copy that and paste it into a comment under your picture.

6. Heart People’s Comments!

Show your commenters that you appreciate their comments by clicking the heart button and also responding with a heart-felt response.

7. Save Insta Posts With Bookmarking

If you want to find people’s posts quicker all you need to do is bookmark it. In order to do that, click the photo you want to bookmark and then click the bookmark icon.

 

When on your Instagram page you’ll be able to find all your bookmarked images by clicking on the bookmark icon shown below.

You’ll then see all your pictures bookmarked images here.

9. Share An Insta Guest! (& for bonus fun Insta guest on someone else’s page.)

Have guests on your Instagram page and offer to do the same for them. Make sure that their Instagram post matches your Instagram feed style. Set up a theme you’d like them to follow on their post as well as the hashtags. Then set a day to publish their post and visa-versa.

Make sure you get these things from them.

  1. Picture
  2. Topic of post?
  3. Caption:
  4. Hashtags:

Now you’ve got some fun ideas to freshen up your Instagram feed.

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