Imagine a life cut short into 750-1500 words. This is a writing technique called the personality sketch, which is commonly used for feature writing in paperbacks but has gained popularity in more mainstream media such as newspapers, magazines, periodicals, etc. Here’s an example of a special section published in the New York Times featuring the lives of people who died during the September 11 terrorist attack.
Glenn Kirwin was fit. Triathlon fit.
Over the years, he competed in a number of triathlons, and though he stopped the endurance events after the children arrived, he kept himself in enviable shape. “He was a fitness freak,” said his wife, Joan. “He did 50-mile bicycle rides.” When they were dating, she tried to keep up but it was hopeless. “I once did 30 miles with him,” she said, “but I couldn’t sit for a week.”
Mr. Kirwin, 40, lived in
It was usually 8 at night when he arrived home. It was his practice, though, to always do
something with the children, Miles, 10, and
Choose a person that you know (or create one using your imagination) and write a glimpse of his or her life, personality, idiosyncrasies, etc. Personality sketches usually use anecdotes, direct quotations, physical description, etc., but for the purpose of this writing activity, we can be more “creative” or “imaginative.” Write as you please, and introduce us to that person in no less than 200 words. :P
Below is what I was able to put together.
is a great rock singer. Probably the
best in the band scene right now. “Deep
and soulful” was how his manager, Eddie Velasquez, described his voice. I discovered him playing Stone Temple Pilot
covers in this small club called Smithereens in uptown
Jessboy to his close friends, he is currently the lead singer for Ang Miserables, one of the most
respected acts in
Unlike most band vocalists, Jess James started out singing ballads in school programs. Hard to imagine now, but he actually sang pop songs popularized by Martin Nievera when he was still in elementary and high school.
The shift to rock music came naturally to him. Although he had that voice, he clearly wasn’t a balladeer. Underneath was too much attitude and edge. Jess James eschewed wearing anything with a collar and much preferred jeans, sneakers and tight shirts.
A songwriter also, Jess James writes pastiches of pained emotions and struggles that reflected his troubled past. But his music is not all dark and emotional. His pop sensibilities show in lyrics that paint love and celebration. Jive magazine writer Anne Hillcox sums it up aptly: “He is an amazing and playful lyricist. What set him apart though is how he connects with his audience.”
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