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July 15, 2017


When I read in New York Times last month about the launch of the new looks of Ken (aka Barbie’s boyfriend), I couldn’t help but remember our character writing exercises done by our writing mentors at our creative writing center, Where the Write Things Are.

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There are 15 new Kens dolls!  They represent different body types, skin tones, eye colors, hair colors, hairstyles, and fashion sense.

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Now, here’s a little writing exercise from that you can do about character development using one (or more) of Ken’s new look.

  1. Write 10 truths and lies about the character
  2. Write about his weird personality
  3. Write about his life background
  4. Write about his contradictory traits
  5. Give him a zodiac sign and write about his personality based on his zodiac sign
  6. If he was an animal, what would he be?
  7. How would he interact with his family and friends?

Cheers to the many new Kens (especially to man bun Ken)!


Where the Write Things Are is a creative writing center for kids, teens, and adults. If you love writing or need some inspiration to get to write, our writing studio is the place to be. Check out out our monthly classes at and

Creative Writing Classes for Kids/Teens and Adults:

  • Young Writers’ Hangout – July 22, August 5, August 19, September 9 & September 23 (1:30pm-3pm)
  • Adult Creative Writing Class with Dean Francis Alfar (Speculative Fiction) – September 16 (1:30pm-4:30pm)

Venue is at Fully Booked, Bonifacio High Street. For more information and fee details, email



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