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The Object Exercise

Think of an object or thing that you can’t live without and write it down, not a mobile phone or any electronic device!

Then list 12 words that you associate with that object or thing, they can be abstract or descriptive.

Now I’d like you to write a rant.

I’d like you to vent your spleen, smoke billowing out of your ears! Really give it your all, what infuriates you, what makes you apoplectic?!

But…….

It’s got to involve your object or thing…..

See how many of the words you’ve listed you can also get into your rant.

Is it the barista that can never get your order right? Is it the way that it always rains when you’ve planned that special picnic or the people that never say thank you when you give them right of way at a junction?

Don’t hold back! Don’t be polite! Don’t mince your words! Have fun!

Get it off your chest and then take a deep breath.

The object of The Object exercise is to give you a better understanding of your characters. In this instance you’re writing about your pet peeves but when you’re working on your piece think about what infuriates your character/s, what does that say about them? How will that permeate through your work, how will they react in any given circumstance?

If you understand your character/s then you will write a truer version of them, which will mean the audience will believe them more. They will be more rounded, they will become alive and you will be able to say, “my character would never do that, that’s not who they are”.

Try it…..

Remember the 25 minute rule and turn of that pesky Grammar and Spell Check, you’ve got something important to get off your chest and you can’t and won’t be distracted by some squiggly lines or Huw Edwards!

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