Exercise SourcesThe book that the main objective of this exercise comes from is Keys to Great Writing (KtGW). In chapter 4, Music, the author Stephen Wilbers mentions methods to story emphasis, pacing, and rhythm. Also, I'll try to mix in some of the related exercises from Spellbinding Sentences (SS). From the last exercise from 90 Days to Your Novel (90DtYN), I will use one character and try to integrate day 5 assignment of using setting to reveal the mood of that one character—Cynthia, from my "Two Character Brainstorm" blog post exercise.
Source MaterialFirst I'll repost her character profile from the prior posts exercise, so that I can refer to it easier as I type stuff up.
B. Art teacher that is senior and yet stylish
Character name: Cynthia
Occupation: Art teacher
Family members and/or significant others: Has an over controlling husband, a daughter she is proud of, and a black-sheep son.
Personality traits: Lone Wolf. Creative, stylish, and current despite her age. Sometimes her creativity is crushed by her spouse.
Character history (where is he/she from?): Born in a small middle of the country farmlands, she moved to the city to pursue art—something that brought her ridicule and teasing during her educational years. She had always spent time doing both fashion and art.
Highest level of education: Art school, art degree
Physical traits: white hair, slightly wrinkled but uses plenty of beauty products to maintain a somewhat youthful appearance. Wears expensive looking clothing.
Biggest motivator: Authentic creative instinct and expression. Breaking away from her isolated past. Being herself despite her controlling husband.
Biggest fear: Not being herself or expressing her true self. She always has to try to be creative and sometimes trendy.
Things he/she likes: She loves elegance, bright colors, spring, life, and growth. She loves to find individuality within everything.
Things he/she dislikes: She dislikes conformity, inauthenticity, and expressing things that aren't made in her own voice or style.
Objective(90DtYN day 5) reveal character mood using setting.
(KtGW chpt 4) start with 4 monotonous sentence patterns: simple declarative sentences, paired conjunction sentences, subordinate beginning sentences, and subordinate ending sentences.
(SS chpt 10) simple declarative patterns (sentence kernels)
single noun + single finite verb
Type 1: subject+be verb+(noun, adjective, or adverb)
Type 2: subject+linking verb+(noun or adjective)
Type 3: subject+intransitive verb (+adverb)
Type 4: subject+transitive verb+direct object (noun)
Cynthia is stylish.
Cynthia is married.
Cynthia is a mother.
Cynthia is fashionable.
Cynthia is an art school graduate.
She is creative.
She is expressive.
She is intuitive.
She is authentic.
She is independent (self-directed, eccentric, or unconventional).
Cynthia appears trendy.
Cynthia seems eccentric.
Cynthia feels controlled.
She feels stifled.
She sounds dreamy.
She smells floral.
Cynthia raised two children.
Cynthia likes authentic expression of beauty.
Cynthia fears stifling conformity.
classroom, home, car