A Writing Exercise

One of the things I like about writing is giving stories to people I come across in real life. There are variations on this idea and I’ve written a few pieces that are my attempts to do so.

One morning when I got to work, I learned that there was a body outside our building. A man was dead from a gun shot. I thought about him all day and went home and wrote his obituary. Not really an obituary, but a short story of his life and how he ended up outside our building with a gun in his hand.

There are other examples of this, but enough about my approach to this concept. Here’s your chance.

Pick a character in your real life — the barista, the bartender, the old lady at the corner who never comes out of her house, anybody — and give them a story. Tell us who they are, why they are and how they came to the place where they’re at.

If you do, share it with us with a link in the commets or email at writinghelp2021@gmail.com.


  1. chucklitka says:

    Not being a people person, I never draw my characters from real people. Not only would I run out of them in short order, but it would feel sort of creepy to me. I’d have to pay more attention to people then I care to do. But that’s just me.

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    1. kingmidget says:

      Totally understood. One of the stories I wrote . along these lines was a completely fictional story I wrote during the height of the civil war in Syria. I wanted to write about somebody trying to survive in Aleppo. I made up a character and gave him a story based in that war torn city.


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