By Leslie Lindsay (image source: www.alphabetart.com 9.4.13)
How do we define home? Is is an actual building? The people we surround ourselves with, or is it tangible pieces of things that bring to mind the comfort and stability of home? Today, we hear from author Amy Sue Nathan on just that:
- Close your eyes and drum up some of the items from your past that signifiy “home” to you. For you me, it’s the water-logged Baby Beth doll I carried everywhere–even the bathtub. There was also my imaginary friend, Jenn-Jenn, but also the antique dining room table, the old sewing machine, and the slanty part of my closet where I used to hide out and read.
- Now go a little deeper. What were some to the items you held onto into your adolescence and college years? Was there a particular item that went with you to your first apartment? Was there an item that stayed with you for a season, only to let it go once you felt more comfortable, confident?
- How about your characters in your work-in-progress? What do they hold onto? An old key? A diary? A person? A memory? A book? A photo? Make a list for each of your characters, but especially your protagonist and antagonist. It can be very telling what these “people” hold onto in various parts of their life. Go ahead…what did your protagonist value when she was a child? A teenager? Young adult? Adult? Now, in your story? Can you see a pattern
[Exercise created by Leslie Lindsay]
Special thanks to Amy Sue Nathan for sharing her lovely words about her son’s blanket. For more information on Amy and her books, please see:
- Amy Sue Nathan, Author The Glass Wives – A Novel (Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, May 2013)
- Women’s Fiction Writers Blog – The Authors, Books, and Craft of Women’s Fiction No heroes. No zombies. No high heels. Well, maybe high heels.