There are times in our lives when money is in short supply. We might be in between jobs or at the end of the payday and so have almost no money in our pocket. We have to choose between putting gas in the car in order to go to work or buying milk for the kids to drink.
How we handle those difficult times says a lot about who we are. We have to make decisions that affect not just ourselves but anyone living with us.
Our characters must also face difficult times for them to be real.
First of all, consider your character. Who is she? What job does she have and how well does it pay? Where does she live and what is the cost of rent? Food? Gas?
Does he live alone or share and apartment? Does he party on Friday nights or come home and cook a TV dinner?
What are your character’s priorities? Does she think of others first or put her own needs at the forefront? Does he buy new tennis shoes or do his laundry?
All of these choices say something about our protagonist.
Your task is to write a scene in which your character is suffering. There is limited money and choices have to be made. You can include dialogue or keep it all in your character’s head. The important thing is to show how your character makes decisions.
Have fun with this one.