Monday, January 25, 2010

Monday Moment #54: a writing prompt for your work-in-progress

(If you’ve already read this then skip past all the italicized blah-di-blah and start writing.) Monday Moments are writing prompts for your work-in-progress. They are questions that come from my experiences and are my favorite way to find out more about my characters. I find I learn a lot. Some of it I use. Some of it I don’t. But I always, always get to know my character(s) better just by answering the question. I hope you do too. )

It's a quick Moment story today.

However, quick doesn't mean insignificant, especially when it comes to character.

Currently, my nine-year-old girlie is (hmm...what word to use?) obsessed/attached to certain items of clothing. A tank top in particular, as well as what she is most comfortable wearing in the moment; as in so comfy she'd rather keep the same clothes on...all day, all night, and the next as well.

The other day, after her basketball game, I made her take a shower. To my motherly horror, when I checked on her post-shower, she was back in the shorts, the tank top, and sock (yes, socks!) she had warn playing her game.

(Someday I won't be able to get away sharing such stories.)

Does your character have an unusual or strong attachment to a particular item of clothing?


Lee Wind, M.Ed. said...

clothing. Hmmm. Yeah, you know, I've made my main character have a bit of an obsession with his shirts, but the rest of the characters don't seem to have reflected much on what they're wearing... or maybe it's that *I* haven't put enough thought into what they're wearing... yet!
thanks for this prompt,
Namaste and a Hug (and see you soon in NYC!)

Jonathon Arntson said...

One of my characters is attached to a t-shirt with the cover of the Beatles's Revolver alum plastered across it. Of course, part of the reason she's obsessed with it is because her crush gave it to her, when her own shirt tears (the book is post-apoc YA). The other part is because, well, it's the Beatles.

Sherrie Petersen said...

My son used to be this way. But this morning he actually got out of the shower and said, "That felt good!" Now that's a first!

Michèle Griskey said...

Ah yes, the clothing...My nine-year-old also has a thing for a certain shirt. It is a comfy shirt, but he will try to wear it as many days as he can.

My character wears her ex-boyfriend's shirt to bed every night.

Martha Brockenbrough said...

Ha! My 9-year-old tried to sleep in her ski clothes...under her jammies!

Peggy Archer said...

Ok, judging by the smell, I don't think my grandson changed his socks for a year. He claimed the dog chewed on his socks all the time. Now he showers 3 times a day. My grandson, not the dog.

Megan Frances Abrahams said...

Thanks for this great prompt. I'm going to share it with my critique group when we meet this Saturday. Of course, I'll credit your blog!