Inspired from “Character Profile” by Patrick Scalisi in the November issue of The Writer magazine. Interview your main character or supporting characters.
If you have a fictional character, you can work with that.
If you are writing about something that really happened, you can use those people as your characters.
If neither of those work, use a photo . . . develop a picture into flesh and blood characters.
For your fictional character: Interview him or her as a journalist would. . . but not at the age they are in your story. If they are older . . . interview the younger version of your character. If they are young. . . imagine what they might be like as an older person.
For your real-life person: Same thing. . . have an imaginary interview of him or her. . . you can pick the age. . . younger if you know them as an older person. Older if you know them as a young person (someone from school no longer interact with, for example).
Same with the photo . . . whatever age the person appears to be . . .interview him or her as an older or younger person.
Prompt: Interview character. Main or supporting fictional character. Someone from real life. Or a photo.
Arlene Mandell and Joey, “Scenes from My Life on Hemlock Street,” published by Wordrunner echapbooks
Arlene L. Mandell is a retired English professor, formerly from New Jersey, now living in sunny Santa Rosa, CA
Do you have a photo you would like to post? Contact Marlene: mcullen – at – comcast.net