If you were on a desert island what five things would you take with you? Or, similarly, if you had 15 minutes to evacuate your home what are the most important items that must come with you?
Many people would say family photos followed by a pet, but what comes next? What else matters to a person so much that they wouldn’t want to leave it behind?
No, this week’s column isn’t about planning for a disaster, it’s about thinking about how your character lives and what matters most to them, beyond just the people in their world.
Think about these questions and try to imagine how they might play out in your story.
We are all attached to our stuff, some more than others, and though we may not want to acknowledge it, on some level it does seep into who we are and what we want and do.
YOUR HOMEWORK: Come up with a list of things your hero or heroine can’t live without and then create a scene where the item is lost. How will your characters react? Can they find an easy substitute or will they be paralyzed with fear? Is the keepsake something they always carry with them, like a lucky charm, or something they have buried in their dresser where only they can see it? Why is it important? Use the answers to these questions to shed some light on your character’s inner actions and feelings.
Writer, Editor and Author of the Achdus Club novels for girls.