Coffee-break exercise: Hats
What does headgear say about your character? Find out in this week's creative writing exercise
The clothing choices people make say a lot about them: not just what their personality is like, but also their social and economic circumstances. This week's exercise is all about exploring character by concentrating on one item: their hat.
For five minutes, pick a character from one of your works in progress and assign them a hat that you think they would wear. Jot down notes about this hat: why have they chosen it; what does it look like; what is their reason for wearing it; where did they get it from? Do they like it or is it purely practical?
For the next ten minutes, draft a scene or a couple of paragraphs where this hat plays an integral role, either in telling the reader something significant about its wearer, or in developing the plot, or both.
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