White Office Phones

Where are you right now? If you’ve got a few minutes to spare or are feeling bored, we have an exercise to help keep your creative juices flowing. Let’s get started. Wherever you are, make a list of inanimate objects you can see, then pick three! We’re in the office at the moment so this is our list:

  • Phone
  • Pot plant
  • Clock
  • Permanent Marker
  • Bin
  • Paper Clip
  • Headphones
  • Glass window

We’re going to go with: pot plant, glass window, and phone and to use these objects as inspiration for a character.

Let’s start by breaking down the objects into descriptive words:

Pot plant

– ceramic pot, symmetrical pattern, sturdy, small, green and white, a little dry on some edges…

Glass window

– clean, rectangular, tall, tinted, transparent…


– lots of buttons, loud, grey, twisted chord, rings…

And so the brain storming begins!

For each object, pick the words you like and expand on them. Before you know it, you’ll have the basics of a character up your sleeve!

Because it sounds like fun we’re going to that with our ‘phone’ and call him Phillip.

Phillip is the kind of man who loves to hold conversations, sometimes too many. He has an opinion about everything and it’s very easy to press his buttons. He’s the kind of guy you have to have around for parties, but you can only really handle him in small doses. If his friends were honest, they’d say he can actually be a bit annoying sometimes, and boundaries aren’t his strong suit, often rocking up on their doorstep just before dinner time – uninvited. For a man who is never short of something to say he’s definitely short of clothes; he has 4 grey shirts and a red one for when he’s feeling extra savage, blue jeans, beige chinos, a pair of slides and sneakers.

And voila. An instant character. Now it’s your turn!

If you like creating characters and want to learn how to give them depth and make them engaging and authentic, check out our workshop on ‘Building resilient characters’ with Cass Moriarty, Sunday, February 10.

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