Writing Doppelgängers

A character that serves as a double of a character. A doppelgänger will often have foil qualities as well. (Handbook to Literature)


A character that serves as a contrast to another.

Doppelgänger Writing Exercise

Choose an important character from a work you are currently revising. This character could be a protagonist or antagonist within the overall work or the main character within a single scene. Open a new document and write a scene where the character meets her/himself, the doppelgänger. 

In meeting self, what does the character learn about her/himself? 

You might decide to add this scene to your main work OR maybe you use this side exploration to enrich scenes already written within the main work.

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