Thursday, November 13, 2008

A Life in Cards

From the Chicago Tribune: The Topps Company will soon sell 90 baseball-style trading cards that document significant moments in Barack Obama’s life.

It’s a great exercise for anyone, especially a writer: What are 90 of the most significant people, places (be specific), moments, actions, and utterances of your -- or your character’s -- life? What image represents each? What stories emerge?

1 comment:

  1. Fascinating exercise. I won't do ninety right off the bat, but I'm developing a character and I'm going for ten today. I'm up to three. I keep them as part of the character sketch. It forces me to think pictorially rather than lexically when making up a character's past, and that, in turn, concretizes the character and his/her past.