Sheila and Paulie
"Hey Paulie," Sheila the Giant Clam said to the sperm whale drifting by, letting the current carry him.
"Where're you going ?"
"Huh? "Oh, I have to go to choir practice." Said Paulie.
"That sounds awesome." said Sheila
"Eh," said Paulie. " I'd rather be doing above water jumps or giant tail splashes with my friends."
"Well, that sounds fun too" said Sheila as she shifted minutely on her sand pile, "but I love listening to whale choir practice. The songs you sing are so beautiful. And you have an amazing voice, Paulie, I've heard it."
"Yeah, well thanks, I guess. I mean most whales are pretty good singers. It's nothing special. I'd rather burst out of the water near passing ships and get my picture taken." Said Paulie.
"But, Paulie, the whole ocean loves the songs of the whales. Even humans think they're beautiful." said Shiela.
"Huh?" said Paulie, twisting his giant body back to face Sheila. "Oh yeah, look I gotta go Sheila. I'm pretty sure I just saw the bottom of a cruise ship go by. If you see the choir master, we never talked!' Said Paulie as he swam off.
"Paulie, don't skip choir practice. Paulie you have a gift . . . Goddammit Paulie, you ungrateful . . . I'm telling your choir master everything, you little prick!" Sheila screamed after him.
She started opening and closing her shell, propelling herself from her sand pile. "Fuck!" She said through gritted shell. It would take her forever to get to the chorus hall. "Fucking ungrateful whale punks." She muttered as she settled back into the sand. "First adult whale that comes by, I am ratting his punk ass out," she thought to herself. The quiet of the sea enveloped her as she sat, and sucked in algae, and fumed.
Character as desire writing exercise:
Write 5 sentences like this:
My character is a _____ ___ year old ______ who wants _____
Examples: My character is a blue 6 year old monster who wants cookies. Or:
My character is an angry 72 year old mexican man who wants power.
Then pick the one you find most compelling.
The actual character sketch I used was:
My character is a beautiful 25 year old sea clam who wants to sing.
Try not to do something like: My character is a mild 38 year old white man who wants a sandwich, because who cares?
Then write down these emotions in list form
This is what I wrote for mine.
Laugh- My character laughs at seal pups playing.
Angry- My character feels angry when whales take their ability to sing for granted
Afraid- My character feels afraid when she sees a giant with an enormous tub of tartar sauce
Lonely- My character feels lonely when she realizes no one knows about her dream to sing
Tender- My character feels tender towards other artistic mollusks with no outlet.
Then write a story based on one of the above emotions.