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Tale Weaver’s Prompt #22 “Profiler”


As writers we spend a good deal of time reflecting on human nature. We create paradigms, caricatures, and even demonic representations of ourselves, of others, and of humanity as a whole. We are told not to judge a book by its cover and yet as writers we can spend an inordinate amount of time designing and deciphering covers. When writing a story our characters have to be easy to visualize, they have to have dimensionality and the ability to grow. When reading a story we develop the characters above and beyond what the writer provides. Using our imaginations to read between the lines and give life. We judge characters based on looks (especially if that is all we have to go on initially) and if the appearance is not described in depth we take what we know and create a suitable portrait in our minds.

I am going to give you various incomplete character profiles and you are to pick one (or more) to write a story about. I tried not to be too detailed so you would have some flexibility. Your job is to add as much depth to the character as you can using the limited information I have provided. Think of yourself as a profiler, a psychologist, latch on to anything that inspires. You can set your character in whatever time you like and whatever part of the world (they can even live in other dimensions and on other planets).


Character Name: Elijah Valentine

Nickname/Alias: Grim Valentine or Black Valentine

Gender: male

Occupation: Tailor/Serial Killer

Clothing: Meticulous, suits, crisp white gloves

Age: 33

Height: 6’4

Behind the nickname: Elijah murders brides on their wedding night.


Character Name: Levi Mauer

Nickname/Alias: N/A

Gender: male

Age: 19

Occupation: art student, coffee shop employee

Likes: ramen, porn, smoking, martial arts movies, sunglasses, bandannas and toboggans, music, drawing (mostly comics), working on motorcycles

Dislikes: early mornings, cold showers


Character Name: Sev’Tai
Nickname/Alias: Sev or Tai
Occupation: Leader of Luminary
Height: 5’9
Hair color: silvery white, long, silky, strait
Eyes: silver
Body Type: lean, graceful

Skin: White Silver

Clothing: flowing silk robe that’s white and red
Race: Spirit
Distinguishing Features: elf ears, two silver horns, blind (closed eyes), piercings: long silver earrings of an intricate design

What Luminary is precisely is up to you


Character Name: Hana Foster

Gender: female

Employment: works in a cabaret

Age: 23

Likes: classical novels, Italian food, music, coffee, deep conversations, humor, art , beer, hanging out with friends, paisley prints homemade jewelry, dancing
Bad Habits: bites her nails


Character Name: Eleanor Bell

Gender: Female

Age 34

Hair Color: Black, long, worn in a chignon

Eye Color: almost black

Height: 5’5

Likes: dancing, classical piano

Deadly Sin: Pride

Favorite Flower: Calla Lilies

About mindlovemisery

Music: PJ Harvey, Radio Head, Fleetwood Mac, David Usher/Moist, Johnny Cash, Portishead, Damien Rice (basically I am a 90s kid I like alternative, grunge, Industrial and other types of metal, oldies, punk, rock etc.) Authors: Sylvia Plath, James Baldwin, Edmund White, Arthur Rimbaud, Jim Carrol, Jeff Noon, etc. Movies: A Clock Work Orange, Fight Club, House of Flying Daggers (I like a lot of cult movies, horror, comedy, drama, I don't like action and fantasy is terrifying lol) Philosophical Beliefs: Buddhism, Daoism, Shintoism (before it changed under Nationalism), The Transcendent Order Favorite Video Game: Planescape Torment What I do: read, write, yoga, pilates, weight-lift, walk, study philosophy and psychology, dance like a crazy person, paint, dream etc. Qualities: stubborn, sarcastic, teasing, playful, open, flirtatious, eccentric, passionate, forgetful, open-minded.

7 comments on “Tale Weaver’s Prompt #22 “Profiler”

  1. hitandrun1964
    August 21, 2014

    “It’s time,” whispered the thin and reedy voice.
    “Time for what?” asked the girl, kicking off her shoes and tearing at
    her socks.
    “Don’t play dumb with me, Young Lady,” hissed the voice. “You
    know very well what I’m talking about.”
    “But I don’t,” said the girl, straightening her skirt. “Not really. Could
    you be a little more specific?”
    “You do this EVERY single time,” sighed the voice. “Why?” it asked.
    “Just this once can’t you come quietly?”
    “It doesn’t seem like it, does it?”
    “They won’t keep letting you out, if you insist on acting this way.”
    “They won’t?”
    “No. They won’t,” said the voice firmly. “Absolutely not.”
    “Why not?”
    “Because you refuse to do as you’re told.”
    “Doesn’t that mean that I am growing up? That I have a mind of my
    “Well, yes, but you can’t grow up or have a mind of your own.”
    “Why not?” asked the girl. “It seems to be happening.”
    “My love,” sighed the voice. “You must come home. Just step
    into the pages. Please.”
    The girl looked down, her shoulders sagged and she rubbed her
    face with her hands. “I don’t want to.”
    “You don’t have a choice, my darling. You are the main character
    in the story. We can’t exist without you.”
    “But I don’t want to live in a storybook any longer.”
    “We do let you out as often as we can, my sweet.”
    “Yes, I know that but I’m…not coming back.”
    “You will surely die outside the pages. Your life is written on them.”
    “It doesn’t matter. I’m not happy there.”
    “Just come closer and look inside, my precious one. Toby is waiting
    for you. He misses you. Don’t you miss your lovely dog?”
    “I do. But you’ll make me stay, if I come in.”
    “Not for long,” said the voice. “I promise.”
    “Can I bring toby when I’m allowed out next time?”
    “We can talk about that later, dear.”

    And as the girl walked back into the book, the pages breathed a sigh of relief. They closed tightly around her and welcomed her back. For everyone knows that when the main character decides to leave her book, the story unravels until there’s nothing left but blank and tear stained pages.


    • Pat
      August 24, 2014

      That is such a wonderful story full of clever captivation, and great imagination. It calls to mind Jasper FForde’s Thursday Next series. Well done 🙂


  2. mindlovemisery
    August 22, 2014

    Oh brilliant Gigi I was totally enraptured! It is a bit ominous and very clever


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  4. Pat
    August 27, 2014

    This was a great prompt — interesting to attempt. It’s been quite some time since I thought or have written a character profile – but it was a fun process. Not quite sure how well I’ve succeeded, but for the moment, I’m satisfied, although comments and critiques are welcomed.

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