Elements of the Writing Craft. Part Two: Character, Lesson Thirty: Character by Sound and Appearance

Ref: Pages 38 and 39 of the text by Robert Olmstead

  1. Make a list of ten people with whom you might engage in a conversation for the purpose of telling their story.

Castle Guard
Servants to the Royal Children
Royal chef and taster
Vassal to the King
Midwife at Castle Nursery
Ladies of the Night in or around the Green Gryphon
Street people of the Castle
A bard in a tavern
Lady in waiting

  1. Write an imaginary descriptive paragraph to describe the character. Refer to the lesson.
  2. As you write the character profile look for threads that run through your information.

Brigid Saehe leaned into the harp. Her slender fingers danced up and down the strings as she threw her head back and shook out a torrent of fiery red curls. Pink lips and flush cheeks belted out a raucous tune as her bare feet pounded out the rhythm beneath her plaid skirt. The rising storm of her melody flashed in her brown eyes, and as she struck the final chord, she lept from her stool, tall and lean, she raised her arms in triumph. Her crowd roared her name.

“How do you keep them so entranced?” I asked her backstage. Her freckled cheeks were glowing, and she heaved several heavy breaths before speaking. Finally, she tucked a wild red lock behind her ear and said,
“The crowd only thinks the show is for them. I do it for me. I’m just lucky anyone shows up.” She scrunched her curls on top of her head with both hands. “If there’s a trick to it, I’d say, show them something they didn’t know they wanted and keep them wanting more.” She rubbed her palm over her pointed nose and sniffed. “Give them the show they came to see but, also give them something new. Deliver the goods. You know what I mean?” She kissed me on the cheek and spun on her heel. As she walked away, I caught the scent of wine and cedar. I wanted more.

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