Event on 4/29/05 in San Francisco. Darryl Bush / The Chronicle MANDATORY CREDIT FOR PHOTOG AND SF CHRONICLE/ -MAGS OUT Photo: Darryl Bush
Event on 4/29/05 in San Francisco. Darryl Bush / The Chronicle MANDATORY CREDIT FOR PHOTOG AND SF CHRONICLE/ -MAGS OUT Photo: Darryl Bush

First of all, allow me to apologize for the lateness of this post. In the rush of turkey, potatoes, wine, gravy, and family that encompassed my day yesterday, I managed to forget about today’s post entirely. So, with no further ado, it’s time for a writing exercise. This week’s challenge is in character building, so I hope you’re ready to do some thinking. You know the rules: I give you a few simply criteria and you build a character based on those criteria.

Your Criteria:

1) You’re character must have a significant flaw. He could be a parapalegic, he could lack a conscience, he could be mentally handi-capped, etc. What ever the case, your character must have a flaw that in some way shapes his life.

2) You’re character must have a clear, overriding goal that defines his concept of success. This goal could be any number of things, but it is ultimately important to the character.

3) You’re character must have a companion. This could be a caretaker, a prison guard, a best friend, a sibling, or a spouse. Whatever the reason, this person doesn’t often leave the character’s side.

4) You’re character must be in some kind of program to help him with his flaw. This could be a rehab program, a special needs program, you might even borrow the idea (from Mr. Brooks) of a serial killer seeking help from AA.

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