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DW Character Story Project (as yet untitled)

Character Prompts

#1 Exeter Pub Review, Yelp

Perfect for weekends. After you eat some good steak, it's best to enjoy a chocolate fudge cake. It's also crowded any time of the week. Prefer to sit in the "Orangery" location

 

#2 Oxford Hairdressers Review, Yelp

This is the best hair salon in Oxford.

Reasons why?  Well for starters, I literally laughed the whole way through my 3 hour appointment.  The Stylist is hilarious and full of energy--with a little bit of Portuguese sass thrown in there too.  She yelled at me like a mother hen telling me not to move, or touch or anything... I genuinely LOVED every moment of it.

I was in for a whole head of blonde highlights. White not gold.  The Stylist picked up on this immediately and called me Miss California the entire appointment through. "I know how you California girls like your blonde highlights, I watch Melrose Place." Amazing, hilarious and oh so very true.

 

#3 Blog Comment, Career Blog

Lovely idea, where do the kids, dog hubby 45hour working week all the washing ironing cleaning fit in??? Guess this is written for single girls is there any one out there in the real world !!!!

 

 

Character Questions and Dating Profiles

#1 “Edmund”

What does this character do for a living?

He’s a gardener.

What kind of family does this character come from?

Very structured. Everything happens at a specific time, with a place for everything and everything in its place. The house was comfortable and the family cheerful enough, but pretty drab with lots of greys and greens.

Who does the character speak to when alone?

His cat if it’s there, otherwise he just chats into space.

Does the character have to be likable?

He can come across as a bit humourless.

Online dating profile:

“I’m 32 and I’m a gardener. My perfect weekend involves eating some good steak with some friends at a quiet pub, after which I find it’s best to enjoy a chocolate fudge cake. I prefer to sit in the garden if it’s not too crowded or raining. It’s good to go for walks to get some air from time to time. Prefer good company and conversation to loud music and forced enjoyment.”

#2 “Alice”

What does this character do for a living?

Social Media Specialist for a Marketing Firm.

What kind of family does this character come from?

Happy, two sisters, mum and step-dad. They’re not loaded, but enough money for two holidays a year plus regular trips to the salon/spa. She grew up watching soaps and reality TV.

Who does the character speak to when alone?

Mainly herself, but occasionally imagines she’s being interviewed by Graham Norton.

Does the character have to be likable?

I think she is pretty likable – bubbly, caring, fun to be around.

Online dating profile:

“Twenty-something blonde bombshell who loves having a laugh! Into social media, couldn’t live without chocolate, love going out dancing with the girls. Really like travelling, nothing better than being on a beach topping up my tan – ideal date would be being whisked away to Lanzarote (no pressure, guys!).”

#3 “Diane”

What does this character do for a living?

She runs a boutique travel agency, mostly from home, and puts in long hours. She also fulfils the traditional wife/mother roles.

What kind of family does this character come from?

One that instilled the following values: work hard, tick off the life goals, do what’s expected of you. Achievement is measured in money earned, marrying somebody sensible, and having kids – anybody who has yet to do these things (or shows no interest in doing them) ought to grow up.

Who does the character speak to when alone?

The dog or her sister with whom she has a competitive, albeit respectful, relationship.

Does the character have to be likable?

She can be pretty blunt.

Online dating profile:

"I successfully juggle my career with having a family. I like to attend networking functions from time to time and yes, it would be lovely to spend several hours a day in a coffee shop with some friends, but I live in the real world where there isn’t time for that. I do, however, enjoy putting my feet up with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc at the end of the day after I’ve walked the dog."

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