• Jessica Sherry

What is Your Character Waiting For?

We spend a good portion of our lives waiting for something to happen. According to this article in The Washington Post, the average person spends one to two years just waiting in lines. *Fun side note: Stephen King carries paperbacks in his back pocket for this reason.


"Wait for it... wait for it..." ~ SpongeBob SquarePants & me, when hoping for Stephen-King-like-success

It's not just the 'little waits' to consider, though how your MC behaves in a long wait might give insight into her character. Think about the BIG waits, too. Writers have MANY of these--waiting for the query response, the agent, the book deal, the release, the best sellers list. Writing is as much a waiting game as it is a, well, writing one. Here are some ideas for what your character could be waiting for:


  • The best date ever to call... ring, phone, ring

  • The New Year's Eve Party where the handsome stranger from last year promised she'd have someone to kiss

  • The test results to come back

  • His boss to take the poisoned pills from the Excedrin bottle

  • The scandalous newspaper article to come out

  • A call from an agent, producer, bank manager, probation officer

  • Someone to come home

  • The beam to give way, plunging her to her death

  • The monster to fall asleep

  • The voices to stop

  • The coffee to brew... Need energy for writing


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