Sandbox Challenge #20: Create Some Alter Egos

Write about three different characters’ trips to the same location: a grocery store, the beach, their mother’s home, a bookstore…

  • Exaggerate your own childlike qualities, making them the primary traits of your first character.
  • Exaggerate the things you hide about yourself to create the second character.
  • For the third character, create someone who is the “opposite” of you in some or all ways.

These scenes can be just a couple of sentences each. Or make them longer if you have more time.

I’d love to see your creations in the comments if you feel like sharing!

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2 Responses to “Sandbox Challenge #20: Create Some Alter Egos”

  1. 1 Steven Handel September 28, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    This can turn out to be some deep stuff! The book can then reflect the writer’s own internal struggle and triumph. It kind of reminds of me Carl Jung’s theory of archetypes, or some other Freudian-esque psychoanalysis.

    This actually sounds like a really good strategy in writing a meaningful book (to both the writer and readers).

    I will remember this next time I try to write a screenplay – thank you!

    • 2 stranglingmymuse September 28, 2010 at 7:25 pm

      I’m glad you think this might be helpful to you, Steven! I’m a big fan of prompts that can be used either as quick, fun creativity stimulators or to go much deeper, depending on your mood, needs and time constraints. So I try to create writing exercises people can benefit from no matter what their situation — and I’m glad you see the potential for depth here! Thanks for your comment, and good luck with your writing!


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