Character Development: What's in her Closet?
Buried in the corners of my closet, a sneaky houseguest would find suits, dresses, and a horde of business casual skirts, blouses, pants, and dressy heels. Closer at hand, t-shirts, workout clothes, a few dressy blouses with a beachy vibe, jeans, and shorts take up most of the easy-access spaces. What does this reveal about me? The dusty shouldered suit jackets (a size or two too small) show I had a professional job once but those items have been pushed aside for what I wear now--whatever's comfortable. I don't go to an office anymore. My closet isn't a hoarder's den, but it's not as neat as it could be (there's more to life than a clean closet, people). There's a lot I could get rid of, but I'm hanging onto things--just in case (in case of what, I don't know). Perhaps I miss those days in heels and dress pants, explaining why I can't take it down to Goodwill, yet.
Hmm, do I need to re-evaluate my life? Again? Yikes.
Likewise, you can learn a lot about a character by taking an imaginary look inside her closet. Take some time to brainstorm what your MC's closet looks like and what it reveals about him or her. Be a sneaky houseguest and look around.
Better still, what secret thing does your MC keep in her closet? What's something he or she wouldn't want anyone to find?
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