Create a character with personality traits of someone you love, but the physical characteristics of someone you don’t care for.
This is a fantastic exercise. I’ve never been one to create character sketches before, but I could see how this would be quite useful.
Charlie is a grand ol’ dame with the heart of an earnest puppy. Her age isn’t obvious at first glance, she’s certainly older than 65, but probably not as old as 80. Her hair is silver, her face is lined. It’s a face that was likely beautiful once upon a time but now proudly clings to “handsome,” while her body is still long limbed and lean. She favors blues and greens in lines that emphasize her frame.
She is a woman who needs companionship, there is no greater suffering than being left alone. She is content to be with her loved ones. As much as she loves playing or chatting or cuddling, as long as she’s in the company of her family, she’s happy.
When she feels threatened, she is capable of a ferocious display of temper, but rarely follows through on her threats. If challenged, she hopes that friends and family will come in on her side. Her bravado hides a deep insecurity. As long as she feels safe and secure, she is a delight to be around. If that security is challenged she may either blow up into one of her tantrums or become quiet and meek.
The “Someone I love” is my dog Sammy. I shan’t reveal the “someone I don’t care for.”