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Subject:Favorite Exercise
Time:05:07 pm
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My favorite exercise is making grocery lists for my characters. It helps to figure out what kind of lifestyle choices they make (or are forced to make.) If I'm just trying to get a jumpstart on a story, I'll make out a grocery list of 10 items 5 times. No list can have the same items. Then I write a little paragraph story about the person or family that made each list.

I can't remember where I got this exercise from but it sure is fun!
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snapes_angel
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Time:2005-10-24 11:57 pm (UTC)
I'm going to have to figure out--I think in medieval-type times (considering mine's a fantasy), the shopping would be more at an agora-type setting then just a grocery. One thing I cound helpful, a tip on one site, was to make a list of three possessions that your character has, and then lsit the reasons why they have those possessions. I actually created a religion for my fantasy world that way. *snicker*
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dogzilla30
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Time:2005-10-25 12:52 am (UTC)
This is a great idea! This will actually help me with NaNoWriMo this year. I know my main character ends up eating out at night/ordering in and brings lots of frozen meals to work for lunch time but I hadn't really thought about specific meals, what types of cleaners he'd use in the bathroom/kitchen. This is helping me get to know him better.
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2tiffanyway
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Time:2005-10-25 08:43 am (UTC)
I'll do a grocery list for Max, since he hasn't been in my head much.

- Bottle of wine, preferably white
- Fish, Mahi Mahi fillet
- Fruits, papaya, bananas, something exotic
- Candles
- Dignity. Oh wait, they don't sell that at the grocery store
- Whipped cream?
- Flowers (NOT ROSES)
- Laundry detergent
- Dog food
- Toilet paper
- Tabloid magazine. Never mind, don't have to buy those anymore.
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sabournine
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Time:2005-10-25 02:45 pm (UTC)
This is a great idea! Thanks for posting this .)
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