Where Will Your Main Character Hide?


“Where Will Your Main Character Hide?” by Joan Y. Edwards

Many times in a person’s life or in your main character’s story, he may desperately want to hide…from danger, from himself, from facts he doesn’t want to face. Here are places your main character may try to hide. In some cases the antagonist might want to hide him to get ransom money:

The main character may wish he could hide in this tree like a bird or a squirrel.

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Hiding place in a tree
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Or a cement block if you’re a squirrel and there are not trees around.

Squirrel hiding in a cement block www.morguefile.com

Squirrel hiding in a cement block
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It’s possible that if he’s in a boat, he could hide out in this cave, but what could be in the cave to harm him that he can’t see now?

Or a cave he could get to by hiking and climbing.

Greigs Caves, Ontario www.morguefile.com

Greigs Caves, Ontario
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 Or it could be he’ll live in high cave dwellings like the Indians did many years ago.

Los Alamos, New Mexico www.morguefile.com

Los Alamos, New Mexico
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It could be that the bad guys (antagonists) hide him in an ancient dungeon.

It could be that his task is to hide from the queen in her very own castle or palace. There are so many rooms, it seems likely that there would be no problem hiding out here. Especially, if you know how to turn off the security system or fool the guards by pretending to be one of them.

 

Buckingham Palace www.morguefile.com
Buckingham Palace
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Or it might be better to hide in an abandoned underground railroad station. Here’s a YouTube video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34Y_bMcl2-I pretty spooky with no one there but your character. Or if your character hides on a car and ride for days on end.

Underground train, London www.morguefile.com

Underground train, London
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I hope these thoughts and images get you thinking about possible situations in which your main character might need a hiding place you could use to heighten the tension in his story.

I appreciate http://www.morguefile.com for letting me use their pictures for free.  Thanks for sharing my blog with others.

Other posts in the Main Character Series with Pictures and Questions to Inspire Your Writing:

  1. What Shoes Would Your Main Character Wear?
  2. In What House Would Your Main Character Reside?
  3. How Will Your Main Character Get from Place to Place?
  4. What Will Your Main Character Drink?
  5. What Will Your Main Character Eat?
  6. What City or Town Will Your Main Character Call Home?

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What City or Town Will Your Main Character Call Home?


“What City or Town Will Your Main Character Call Home?” by Joan Y. Edwards

Does your main character live in a small town with parades going down Main Street to celebrate the oldest citizen in the community? Are there hundreds of people or thousands?

Rural town Parade www.morguefile.com

Watching from the Hillside – Rural town Parade
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Perhaps your main character’s niece is a cheerleader in the parade or an uncle who is the mayor.

Rural Town Parade www.morguefile.com

Rural Town Parade
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It’s possible that your main character is a flight attendant who only gets home to see his parents once a year. He currently lives in Tokyo.

 

On his days off he might use the services of a rickshaw pulled by one man to go shopping.

Rickshaws in Tokyo www.morguefile.com

Rickshaws in Tokyo
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Your main character might prefer the romantic city of Paris, France, but he might suffer his greatest defeat at the base of the Arch de Triumph! His date turned him down and his boss fired him.

Arch de triumph  Paris France  www.morguefile.com

Arch de triumph Paris France
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He could try for a job taking care of the trees along one of the main thoroughfares in Paris. He could be so determined to find a job that he checks in every building for ten full blocks to find a job.

He may feel so lost that he feels he needs the help of the Pope in Rome, Italy to pray for him.

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He may feel like he wants to go back to the United States and enjoy a small village near the ocean.

Village at the ocean www.morguefile.com

Village at the ocean
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 Or be one of the consultants on how to build the safest home in case of a hurricane in Miami, Florida.

 

Miamii, Floridia Downtown seashore www.morguefile.com

Miamii, Floridia Downtown seashore
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Whatever town, city, or village you choose for your main character, make it add tension to the story that’s so bad he might want to move or be frightened to move. Or when he moves that the problem inside him is still there waiting for him to solve it?

Where would you want to live if you didn’t live where you are now? What city, town, or village would add more stress to your main character’s life? I appreciate http://www.morguefile.com for letting me use their pictures for free.  Thanks for sharing my blog with others.

Other posts in the Main Character Series with Pictures and Questions to Inspire Your Writing:

  1. What Shoes Would Your Main Character Wear?
  2. In What House Would Your Main Character Reside?
  3. How Will Your Main Character Get from Place to Place?
  4. What Will Your Main Character Drink?
  5. What Will Your Main Character Eat?

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Joan Y. Edwards
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What Will Your Main Character Eat?


“What Will Your Main Character Eat?” by Joan Y. Edwards

Happy Thanksgiving!

“Thank you, God” by Joan Y. Edwards

Thank you, God,

for our world so sweet.

for the food we eat.

for water to drink

for the ability to think.

Thank you, God,

for our moms and dads.

for all girls and lads.

for friends who give us hope

for ideas that help us cope.

Thank you, God,

for words to write

for people to read

for songs to sing

for bells to jing-a-ling-ling-ling

Thank you, God, for everything.

 

I thought Thanksgiving would be a great day to do this blog post about what your main character would eat. This is the fifth in the Main Character Series with Pictures from http://www.morguefile.com. Pictures are worth a thousand words. When you are a writer you can create the allusion of pictures in the minds of your readers by using great descriptive words.

Foods give you a great way to use your senses to describe foods. Also colors…fruits and vegetables spread a wonderful array of color. In a sad story, you could choose all the dark-colored foods on purpose to set the tone. I’m sure you’ve noticed that when you have a cold, foods taste bland. Your sense of smell also helps create the sense of taste. With your nose stopped up, the taste is different. The touch of the finger foods might help your main character decide if it was worth eating. Would eel or snail be too slippery and slimy? (Ooh yuck! I’m freaking myself out.)

See, hear, taste, smell, and touch! Which senses call you more to your favorite foods? Which senses enhance the flavors of your foods and make you like them even more.  Does your main character have a test foods need to meet for him to eat them? Here are a few images to help our brains enjoy a little diversion to help you decide.

Is your main character on times so bad that his table is set, but there is no food to place on the plates? What are his choices? Is he thankful for what he has? Is he angry? Does he take desperate actions?

www.morguefile.com Table set and plates are empty.

http://www.morguefile.com Table set and plates are empty.

Rolls in artistic shapes to make them pleasant to look at. Is the outside crunchy and the inside soft? If your character only likes soft rolls, she’d renege on these.

Ah! A baked potato done to perfection. Add butter and a pinch of salt. YUMMY. Smooth taste to your tongue. If your main character is diabetic, this could send his sugar spiraling up. White bread, white rice, white rolls! Carbohydrates turn to sugar in your body.

Does your main character believe that eating chocolate is the only thing that is keeping her alive? Without chocolate, she feels she would die. What would she do if there was a worldwide shortage on chocolate. The price goes up. She loses her job. Uh oh!

 Your main character has eaten bacon every day of his life. It’s part of his breakfast ritual. The doctor tells him that he has to watch his cholesterol levels. Somehow the taste of turkey bacon doesn’t light up the savor taste buds for him. What will he choose?

Five slices of bacon www.morguefile.com

Five slices of bacon
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When things are going rough for your main character, he may love the smooth taste of the ice cream and the fruity tang of the strawberries.

Ice cream and strawberries www.morguefile.com

Ice cream and strawberries
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Does your main character want to impress his girl friend. He’s a runner. Runs in marathons. Will he splurge at a new downtown restaurant for steak, green beans, shrimp, and rice?

Steak, Shrimp, Green Beans, and Rice

Steak, Shrimp, Green Beans, and Rice http://www.morguefile.com

Does your main character believe an apple a day keeps the doctor away? Statistics prove that eating an apple a day helps keep down sugar levels in diabetics. They are crunchy and colorful. There are sweet apples and tart apples. So many choices. But you don’t want to eat a poisoned apple, like Snow White in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Green beans are healthy vegetables. Snap them in smaller pieces. Cut off the ends and eat them whole. Eat them crunchy or cook them until they are soft.

Does your main character have to stop at the mall where the vendor sells pretzels? Those huge pretzels are soft and chewy. Just enough salt to make you thirsty, too.

Would your main character get into a watermelon seed fight and end up throwing chunks of watermelon at each other? What a waste of tasty, moist watermelon! If your main character is a child, would he be like me and believe it if a man told you that if you swallowed a watermelon seed, a watermelon would grow in your belly?

 

 

Would your main character buy the grapes with seeds or without seeds? Why?

I hope you enjoyed today’s post about foods your main character might like or dislike for varying reasons. Please leave a comment and let me know your favorite foods. Tell me which foods are addictive for your character and which one he would never eat even in a month of Sundays. Thank you, http://www.morguefile.com for letting me use your pictures for free. You are a blessing.

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What Will Your Main Character Drink?


“What Will Your Main Character Drink?” by Joan Y. Edwards

This is the fourth in a series of blog posts about your main character.

It’s possible that what your character’s drink is significant to the plot in a crime novel. It might on the surface look like her favorite drink, but it could be tinged with poison.

Does your main character drink too much of a certain drink that causes him health, relationship, or money problems?

Whiskey Stranahans Tour www.Morguefile.com

Whiskey Stranahans Tour
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Does your character refuse to partake of certain drinks because of their taste, cost, or because of the memories they invoke?

Is your main character stranded on a desert and see visions of all the drinks on this page of my blog, yet cannot get a single sip of water?

Does your character have a way of brightening up another character’s day with whipped cream designs in a cup of hot chocolate?

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Does the villain in your book try to romance your protagonist with a high-priced meal and wine! Is she fooled?

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Is your main character forced to stay in a rinky-dink hotel and not even have money to get a soda from a soft drink machine?Pepsi machine morguefile file8281305757473

Does the owner of the motel hear him complain and offer him a cup of coffee free?

coffee Christmas Mug morgue file

 

Does your main character wake up on the farm? Does he know how to milk the cow to get enough milk for his family for breakfast or will he resort to asking for help?milk morguefile Mleko w dzbanku

 

Did your main character buy strawberries at the store and use them to make smoothies as a reward for writing the next chapter of her novel?strawberry smoothie morguefile941239402476

Oh no, your main character found out she’s allergic to strawberries! Perhaps she can reward herself with a chocolate milkshake instead!

Chocolate Milk Shake www.Morguefile.com

Chocolate Milk Shake
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Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoyed browsing through my story ideas and pictures. Thank you, http://www.morguefile.com. It is wonderful that they allow us to use these pictures for free.

What is your favorite drink? What will you never drink even if someone paid you a hundred dollars?

Celebrate you.
Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards
Copyright © 2014 Joan Y. Edwards

Main Character Series with Pictures and Questions to Inspire Your Writing:

  1. What Shoes Would Your Main Character Wear?
  2. In What House Would Your Main Character Reside?
  3. How Will Your Main Character Get from Place to Place?
  4. What Will Your Main Character Drink?
  5. What Will Your Main Character Eat?

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How Will Your Main Character Get from Place to Place?


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“How Will Your Main Character Get from Place to Place?” by Joan Y. Edwards

This is the third in the series with pictures to help you visualize your character and his personality better. 1 shoes, 2 houses, and today’s is transportation. All the pictures come from www.morgue.file.com

Will your main character ride a motorcycle? Or ride behind holding the driver around the waist?

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Will he drive or be driven in a limousine to a grand opening of a big store, play, or movie or movie?file000575015145 limousine morguefile

 

Will she save the town’s oldest citizen in a fire truck?file000902155104 Fire truck morgue file

 

Will she drive or be transported in a special needs school bus?file2371283419067 bus morguefile

 

Will she deliver small parts in a truck? Can she change its tire?file4221296915901 truck morgue file

Would he drive or be driven in a convertible during a parade? Or across a sandy beach?

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Would he be rich enough to prefer driving a Lamborghini Sports Car?lamborghini-red-car morguefile

 

Would he drive or be driven in a taxi cab?new-york-taxi morgue file

Would he skateboard to a friend’s house?

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Would she drive or be driven in a police car?

Would his travels in a jeep today remind him of war times long ago?

 

Would your main character fall asleep at the wheel of a tractor trailer container truck? Or would he own a whole fleet of them and schedule routes so that no driver gets too tired?

Container Truck www.morguefile.com

Tractor Trailer Container Truck
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Would your main character be an artist who decorates her small car with a big mouth? Or would she need a larger car so she won’t be claustrophobic?

Would your main character be delighted to go to work on a bicycle?

z2GVFWQQ bicyle morguefile

 

I hope that traveling through these pictures has given you an idea of a different way for your main character to get from place to place in your manuscript. Choose one that he’s comfortable with and then snatch it away and give him a mode of transportation he’d have trouble maneuvering to reach his goal.

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I am very thankful for you, my readers. Some of you have been with me since 2009. Others joined me at other times. Sunday, November 16, 2014, I surpassed 180,000 views.  Since July, I’ve received 10,000 views a month. Thank you to God for giving me the guts and the words you need to hear and pictures you’d like to see to inspire you. I am blessed by you.

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Celebrate you.
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Joan Y. Edwards
Copyright © 2014 Joan Y. Edwards

Main Character Series with Pictures and Questions to Inspire Your Writing:

  1. What Shoes Would Your Main Character Wear?
  2. In What House Would Your Main Character Reside?
  3. How Will Your Main Character Get from Place to Place?
  4. What Will Your Main Character Drink?
  5. What Will Your Main Character Eat?

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In What House Would Your Main Character Reside?


“In What House Would Your Main Character Reside?”

After writing the post about shoes characters might wear, it started me thinking about what house a main character might reside to bring about tension in the story or calmness in the middle of a stormy lifestyle.

Here are books that’ll start you on the road to visions of houses in your head for your main characters. They got my creative juices going.

I used http://www.morguefiles.com to find the images to help get you thinking. Thanks, morguefiles.com.

1. Perhaps your main character likes an apartment to mingle with lots of people but ends up getting in heated arguments over noise, pets, or water leaks. Why does your character choose an apartment in this building?

2. Would he live in a beach home? Does he work as a lifeguard? Work for a restaurant? Work for a local fire department? Why does your main character live in a beach house?OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

3. Does your main character need a birdhouse? Perhaps he runs a bird sanctuary? Or a bird adopted him? Why does your main character need a birdhouse?Birdhouse morguefile741339681493

 

4. Has your main character inherited an unknown house out in the middle of no-where that according to documents might need a little work? How does your main character handle this? Why would he take on the challenge? Or would he give it away only to find out there is oil on the property?broken down house morguefile00068708957

 

5. Does she live in a mountain cabin so she can ski? hunt deer? enjoy a nearby waterfall? Get away from people when a nearby resort bus breaks down near her cabin? Why did your main character choose this cabin?Cabin Morgue File IMG_3911

 

6. Does your main character fulfill a lifetime dream of living on a farm? Raise horses, cattle, or sheep? Why did your main character choose a farm?Farm house morguefile3011284635445

 

7. Is your main character so rich he lives in a mansion with 100 rooms and 100 servants! Why did he choose a mansion?longleat_house_pond morguefile

 

8. Is your main character find himself devastated by a tornado that devoured his home and wiped out his family? What if he’s always helping others and now he has to accept help? Why did he choose this house?

Tornado struck home www.morguefile.com
Tornado struck home
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9. Would your main character be dependable and concerned with the safety of boats and ships and as such live in a lighthouse? Why?

Lighthouse on Oregon Coast www.morguefile.com

Lighthouse on Oregon Coast
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Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoy this post. Please leave what kind of home your character would live in gladly and which one would add tension to your main character’s life.

Celebrate you.
Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards
Copyright © 2014 Joan Y. Edwards

Main Character Series with Pictures and Questions to Inspire Your Writing:

  1. What Shoes Would Your Main Character Wear?
  2. In What House Would Your Main Character Reside?
  3. How Will Your Main Character Get from Place to Place?
  4. What Will Your Main Character Drink?
  5. What Will Your Main Character Eat?

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