If you have taken literature classes, chances are you’ve read Tim O’Brien’s short story “The Things They Carried”. If not, a very brief summary is this: it’s about several men in the military and what items they are carrying with them. O’Brien uses those items to describe the characters in surprisingly great detail. This is where you’re challenge comes in.
Inspired by true events (i.e. I went shopping), write a brief story about your character going shopping. What does she get? What kind of things is he drawn to but doesn’t want anyone to know? This story can be set anywhere: Wal-Mart, the mall, the grocery store, etc. You may be surprised to find out new things about your character.
If you decide to take the challenge, link back to my blog and send me a comment so I can read it. Happy writing!