Character writing, therapy or both?
This week has been a roller coaster ride of emotions for me that literally drained my body and brain. I didn't want my experience to go to waste so I decided to chart my emotions in a spreadsheet (oh how I love spreadsheets). I wanted to take a closer look at my "feelings".
After seeing my emotions on paper (or computer screen) I learned two things: I'm an emotional person AND I can use this chart to create more complex characters. A little pain, a little gain.
This is what I did:
- Opened a spreadsheet
- Created headings: Emotion, cause, my reaction and other people's response to my emotion
- Filled in the blanks at the end of the day
- Studied the spreadsheet and used the information to help my characters
Do you use a spreadsheet for writing? How?
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