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1. Select your Characters

Select character roles using the boxes at the top of this page. The left-hand box defines your 'primary' character -- you will explore this character's point of view.

If you have a work in progress, choose Custom Names and type the names of your characters. If you are feeling adventurous, enter your own name and the names of friends, family and colleagues who are playing roles in your life.

Browse the lists of character roles under Archetypes, Extended Family, Occupations, The State, and The Zodiac. If you are unsure about the identity of your characters, these lists may help you define their roles.

After you change the names, click Update.

2. Select a Mindset

Mindset refers to the mental or emotional state of your 'primary' character – the one who appears in the left-hand box at the top of this page. Ask yourself, "What is the mental state of this character?"

Remember that any of your characters can be in the left-hand position, so you can explore each character's point of view. Your artful use of point of view will have a profound impact on the success of your writing.

Browse the Mindset choices and make a selection that matches the primary character's mental or emotional viewpoint, or choose Random.

3. Select an Action

By exploring Action, you can determine the direction of the events that unfold in your story. Ask yourself, "What is my story or scene about?" Or, "What is happening in my story or scene?" If you are just getting started, you might try Beginnings. Browse the Action choices or choose Random.

4. Use the Situations

Once you have selected Characters and a Mindset or Action, offers a list of related Situations that correspond with your choices.

Look for Situations that are most relevant to your story – the ones that you like or that make you feel uncomfortable – the ones that resonate. Copy and paste these Situations into your word processor. If you feel compelled, immediately start writing any thoughts that come to mind. Or choose several related Situations and organize them into an outline. Or print the Situations on note cards and arrange them into a sequence. Gradually your characters and story will come alive.

5. Start writing!

Most importantly, start writing and don't stop until you can't stand it anymore. Then do it again. Allow the unexpected to happen. Ride the waves of inspiration and reach your highest potential. If you don't do it, who will?

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