Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Private Life of Melody Shine

I watch Mad Men. I love Mad Men. In fact, I may have blogged about this character exercise before, which is inspired by Mad Men. Mad. Men. No, I don't have a problem with repetition. Not at all.

Every character needs to have a public life, a private life, and a secret life. For example...

Don Draper

Public Life: He's a successful dude at an ad agency. He's a creative genius, mega-sexy. He's smooth. Admired by many. People want to please him.

Private Life: Cheats on his wife. Now divorced. Has, um, ladies of the night visit his apartment.

Secret Life: Who is Don Draper? Where did he come from? How did he grow up? He keeps these things a secret. His past is one, big question mark right now.

Try it out on your characters. It'll deepen them a bit. I'm working on this with Melody. There's more to her, I know it. I just need to dig a little deeper as I edit.

Also! I got a new computer. Now my writing is all organized and such. Makes me feel a bit better without the mess that was my old hard drive.

Happy Tuesday!


  1. Great exercise! I need to do that...and I need a new

  2. Ooh! A new computer--how exciting.

    I'm buying a Macbook with my first advance!!