This post is inspired by the massive flooding which took place in my area this week. Take one of your characters and throw them into the middle of a disaster, man-made or natural. How does your character react to the disaster itself? To the people who may be around them? To the aftermath? Does your character turn out to be a natural born leader who takes charge of the situation? Do they panic and allow others to take over while they are inconsolable? Feel free to do this exercise with as many characters and disasters as you’d like. This could be a powerful exercise to really see the character’s personality come through, which in turn, would play a part in your novel or story.