Reading Richard Skinner’s “Fiction Writing” i just wanted to share with you a small idea that I love 🙂
Tim O’Brien wrote a book called The Things They Carried which is a collection of short stories about Vietnam. He starts by listing the things that he and the other soldiers carried with them. The sort of things they had in their pockets and back packs. Skinner suggests using this technique to create a character (but I guess you could use it to get to know one better too). I’ve used this before by using photos on Flickr of women’s handbag contents (search for the “handbag contents” tag – its entertaining looking through those pics I can tell you!).
So today I’m sharing the contents of someone’s handbag:
Moschino Make Up Bag
Cigarettes & Lighter
Small Note Book
Packet of Tissues
Keys with memory stick & pen attached.
Coin purse/small zip up bag
So what character would that lot inspire? Have you ever thought about what your MC would carry around on their person?
- “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien (rmcinnisncs.wordpress.com)
- The Things They Carried: A Review (luluandenglish.wordpress.com)
- The Things They Carried (gtsvani.wordpress.com)