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Look in today's newspaper. Find a character in one of the articles who sparks your imagination. Write down everything you know about this person.

Now, make up the answers to the following questions about this character:

  • Age

  • Birthplace

  • Marital Status

  • Children, if any, and their ages

  • General Appearance

  • Living Arrangements (with whom, where, in what type of place)

  • Occupation

  • Degree of skill at occupation (beginner, expert, experienced but a bumbler, etc)

  • Character's feelings about his occupation

  • Family Background (ethnicity, siblings' and parents' names, social status, political affiliation, mental status, educational background, religion, habits, pet peeves, etc.)

  • Is this someone around whom you might like to build a scene or story?


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