Individual Deliverable 6: Getting Started
From: Lani Uyeno , Manager
To: Hali'a Interns
Subject: Getting Started and Drafting
“Reveal your character
through actions, dialogue, appearance, and crisis. Remember, CHARACTER IS
STORY. Characters aren't merely pegs to be inserted into a preconceived plot.
Characters are living, breathing people who have made your life more
interesting, and who will make your story more interesting as well.” (Michelle
Richmond, Memoir Writing Teacher at Gotham Writers' Workshop)
To begin Individual Deliverable 6, your third memoir, think about the following:
We all have a wide variety of characters who were either present throughout a large part of our young lives or who, though merely flitting through, still left behind an indelible memory because they affected us in some way.
Take yourself back to
childhood and think of those whose faces, words, or actions are most readily
conjured in our mind. Make a list of all those who fit into the
Think of one or two
incidents that would help bring these individuals to life for your
reader. Try seeing them in action.
· Names. In fiction, the choosing of a character’s name is of prime importance. In memoir writing, it is chosen for us, but the person might prefer to be known by a nickname. What is your character’s name?