It’s so easy to let characters turn into stereotypes. Shawn, the hero, has broad shoulders, tawny eyes, slim hips, and is in construction. Rebecca, the heroine, has green eyes, a too-wide mouth, and works in high-end real estate. Ho hum. Been there. We already can tell that after approximately four doses of conflict (perhaps a secret spouse, a bankruptcy, a cancer scare, and a missed meeting), they will reunite on a pristine sandy beach and splash in the surf, eyes flashing.
So let’s break out of the mold, jar our minds loose, and see if we can side step the pit of the predictable. Your task, should you choose to accept, is to describe one or two things about Shawn and also about Rebecca. Any chance we can build these two characters together?
New territory. Let’s explore it.