Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Collecting Characters

Summer vacation is here and that means a break from big chunks of quiet writing time. But that's okay because I plan to spend the next few weeks researching my next story; it's easier to squeeze reading between fun activities. But I'm still writing every day.

My challenge: collect 50 characters before school starts.

So far I've imagined a Starbuck's employee's tumultuous breakup, written a voicy piece about a rebellious teenage couple who actually have a really good relationship, and I stretched myself by seeing things from a too-curious Seeing-Eye puppy-in-training's point of view (I wish I had a photo of that cutie!). Last week I found a grocery list on the floor of my supermarket and wrote about the woman behind the ingredients. Here's the list so you can try it too:



Today I plan to write about the teen who wore her zebra snuggie to the pharmacy.



Is it wrong to take sneaky photos of strangers? Maybe. But I guess my friend gave me a "Careful, or I'll put you in my novel..." tote bag for a reason!

4 comments:

  1. If you need any confused, disturbed or slightly eccentric inspiration--check out the People of WalMart website ;)

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  2. That grocery list reminds me of the time we bought an old car and found an envelope in the glove box with a handwritten list of poisons on the back! I should add that the envelope was from an insurance company... Gives me the creeps every time I think about it, and yes, I did write a story about it!

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  3. This is the most FANTASTIC idea. I love it!

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  4. Bethany--I'll definitely check out WalMart ;) And, Danelle, that does sound creepy and irresistible to write about!

    Thanks, Kate. I'm having fun with it.

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