One of my crit partners, Alison Stevens, is hosting the Super-Snooper Blogfest today. Instructions are to describe a setting that tells us something about a character’s personality. Characters can be of any age, living in any time or place. However, we cannot describe the character, just his or her stuff. Then you get to guess what you think the character is like. This exercise came at a great time for me because I am trying to get back into the head of one of my characters for purposes of revising a WIP (my crit partners will probably know who this is – don’t tell!).
The wide dresser is a mess. A hairbrush rests on the edge, with threads of kinky amber hair coiled around its bristles. Ponytail holders and headbands lay nearby, trailing the same hair. On the other end sits a ball glove, wrapped around a baseball and tied with string. In between is a flotsam of items including swimming goggles, a bicycle bell, a few plastic toy horses, stray crayons and markers, dice, Silly Bandz, one soccer cleat, mismatched socks, a red clock radio/CD player, plastic flowers in a cobalt vase, and a small cauldron filled with coins and buttons. The pegs on the mirror above the dresser are draped with a beaded purse, a seashell necklace and a black bag filled with magic cards. The books stacked on the floor next to the dresser include How I Became a Pirate, Alexander and the Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Fox in Sox, Ramona the Pest, Pippi Longstocking, and Sleepover Squad #3: The Trouble with Brothers. Leaning against the dresser on the other side is the broom from last Halloween’s witch costume.
What can you tell about this character from this stuff? Age, gender, personality? Which things led you to which conclusions?