Wednesday, November 23, 2011

An Exercise in Character Development


I wrote this while trying to get into the mind of one of my characters for my novel in progress.

While driving through a neighborhood, I noticed an empty soup can in a window. I smiled wryly, remembering our all-clear signal from a lifetime ago. I wondered if the tenant was placing herself in the same untenable situation. 

After I moved away, you called once but I had grown up and learned how to say no. I never heard from you, afterward.

Recently, a mutual friend and confidante informed me I would never again get the chance to tell you yes or no. 

Hazy memories can be lovely.
Our reality wasn’t.

4 comments:

  1. Absolutely wonderful!! You must have a mind somewhat like mine to think of things such as this!! I knew we became friends for a reason!! I think I know exactly what you mean!!
    Thumbs up dearie!!!!
    deb

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  2. FB & Twittered you too dear......I have thousands of followers on Twitter. I do a lot of Yardsellr and Listia!!
    deb

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  3. Thank you, Deb for taking the time to read and comment. I also appreciate your sharing it. I'm trying to decide if I should make this character a murderer or a red herring. I will probably write this book for a more mature audience. It may take some life experience to understand the subtleties.

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  4. Haunting short piece. It will be fun to see where you take it.

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