Happy Friday writers! How are you guys feeling about your work? We want to know! Feel free to reach out with your questions, suggestions, or just because. We are here to support and encourage you on your writing journey!

Remember that 1985 classic movie “The Breakfast Club?” about a group of teenagers from different cliques who have to spend a Saturday in detention? Who could forget, a brain, a beauty, a jock, a rebel and a recluse? This movie was considered by critics to be one of the greatest films of all time. A movie with a modest budget, shot in the gym with a set to look like the library of a Maine North High School. Simple concept. Huge success. And I wonder, if you are struggling with ideas for characters, why not start here? Why not follow five different real life people on instagram so you can study their simple daily habits. A brain, a beauty, a jock, a rebel and a recluse. You can mix it up and follow any five polar opposite characters, the key is to follow, observe, learn. Where they go, what they wear, the language they use, what they eat and so on. Yes, it’s permission to stalk. It’s research after all and as writers, that’s what we do. Observe the human condition. You can also do this of course while sipping coffee at a cafe or grocery shopping or while wandering around a museum. People watching for writers is what vocal warm ups are for singers. Your homework this weekend is to find your five characters and either start writing about them or file them away for another story. Don’t forget to play the soundtrack for the movie. “Start with the song “Don’t You Forget About Me.” After all, that’s what we want our readers to be thinking after they read our work right? Get it in your head, then put it down. Happy writing, friends! Brains, Beaties, jocks, rebels, recluses!

Written by Karen Harrison