The Character Facebook Writing Exercise

Go ahead... admit it. When you first meet a guy, you go home and look him up on facebook, don't you? Checking up on his hobbies, favorite movies, whether or not he happens to be an axe murderer.

 

The best thing about facebook, other than the fact that it has achieved coveted verb status, is that this medium gives you an opportunity to get a portrait of a person through one little neat profile.

 

As a writer, I think it would be great fun to use facebook for character development. After all, I've heard of fake twitter accounts posing as characters, why not get some literary advantage out of social media? For example, I'm going to profile one of my characters below, to illustrate the idea.

Name:   Tim Blackmore

 

Work and Education

Employers: None, and there probably will never be any with rate his villain studies are going. I'll be lucky to make henchman

School: Grimwood Academy for Villains

 

Philosophy

Political Views: I follow in my father's footsteps and proclaim anarchy and monarchy to be the only two true political policies available 

Favorite Quotations: The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds. The pessimist fears this is true. -James Branch Cabell

 

Arts and Entertainment

Music: I enjoy records when my gramophone doesn't conspire to eat them

Books: Sigh... I don't read much but textbooks, "The 13 Classic Evil Plots" or "Basic Evil Gadgets, and How to Use Them To Take Over the World"

Movies: Movies are for commoners without ambitions to take over the world. Or that's what my father says anyways.

 

Activities and Interests

Activities: Eradicating my Mutation Science Lab Grade... and not on purpose

Interests: Not Failing

 

Basic Information

About You: Will I ever be evil enough?

Relationship Status: Disappointing son of an evil villain

Networks: Grimwood

 

What would your character's profile look like? What would they tweet?