"We shape our dwellings, and afterwards our dwellings shape us."
How much thought do you give to the places your characters live?
By that I don't mean geographic location (that'll be another blog post), but the actual house itself.
Home. There's a loaded word if ever there was one. It might summon feelings of comfort, embarrassment, even terror. A house invariably affects the lives of its inhabitants. How a home looks, sounds, and even smells, all help to convey its signficance within a story.
A house can be as much a character in the story as any of the human ones.
Houses have personalities.
And sometimes secrets.
Can walls, ceilings, and floors retain memories of their own?
I used this idea as an inciting event.
|Geo. Jacobs Senior's House c. 1891|
Ezekiel Hovey,local historian and elderly bachelor, who lives with his white cat Mary.
But notice the flowers.
A cottage tucked into a cleft between forested hills, by a quiet lake in New Hampshire where trees and steeples frame the sky.
The walls inside are painted marigold yellow, delphinium blue, and geranium red.
A very "female" sort of place if you like symbolism, which I do.
But after Pearl dies, Opal must live with her Uncle Ned, a lighthouse keeper.
Her uncle has an unhealthy obsession with her.
|Photo Courtesy of Kari Jo Spear|
Where do your characters dwell, and what does that say about them?
Does knowing what a character's house looks like, smells like, sounds like help your reader understand him or her?
Does knowing where your characters live help you understand them better?
For Thursday's Children this week Kristina Perez blogged about Falling With Grace, and as a former competitive figure skater I bet she knows a thing or two about that. Her post goes up on Thursday.
Here's the Linky List so anybody else who wants to share their Thursday inspirations can be part of an ongoing Bloghop.