So, I thought it might be a good idea to get this all kicked off with a bit of a workshop; something to ease us all into setting up a framework, creating characters and learning to work together. I’ve had a bit of a think, dug into my old notebook of situations/contexts that I never got around to using and thought it might be fun to use the idea of commuting to be the basic backdrop for the first workshop.

So this is what I’d like you to try and do:

  • Think about a character that commutes (planes, trains, buses, cars, underground etc).
  • Think about what kind of person your character is; what do like, dislike? What makes them happy or sad? Where do they work? Why are they travelling?
  • Try and write a small abstract of your character. This is something I wrote for one of the “wormwoods” characters:

    Gavin Toulson-Davey (about 40 years old): Gavin is a City drop out that may, or may not have more than one skeleton in his closet. Sick of the city, he has moved to Totnes to get in touch with nature. He bought the shop from Mr. Cecil Wormwood who died shortly there after. Gavin likes to think of his little supermarket as an “Eco2.O startup” and worships Innocent Smoothies and Howies and dreams of building a wormwoods in every town! 

  • I’d like you to document your thinking here.

That’s the first workshop and we will be working together on this over the course of the next week. This is actually the fun part of developing online characters and is usually the bit I do on my own.

I’ve set up a little research stream on friendfeed which is collecting commuter related tweets, pictures and articles. Subscribe and have a good dig through it. There’s no pressure on this. Try your best. Ask as many questions as you wish either here or on friendfeed.

Anybody can take part so if you fancy a try just have a go and join in.


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