Cover Photo: In this photograph, we see an older man peeking around the corner of a wall. He's wearing glasses and a white collared shirt. One hand is over his mouth and his eyes are open wide, as if shocked by what he is seeing.
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An Exercise in Building Character (Both Ways)

How do you write a character’s particularity in a way that ensures it’s different from your own? Check out this writing prompt from Ryan Chapman!

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Ryan Chapman is the author of the novel Riots I Have Known (Simon & Schuster, May 2019) and the illustrated book Conversation Sparks (Chronicle Books). He's written for The New Yorker, GQ, The Believer, Electric Literature, Longreads, Guernica, and elsewhere. He has previously worked in marketing and online editorial for Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, The Penguin Press, and BOMB magazine. He lives in upstate New York.