I’ve often heard it said that many people are one paycheck away from being homeless. This is especially true in high cost-of-living areas such as in San Francisco and its neighboring communities.
When you create a character, you need to keep in mind how much money she has and how well off she really is.
For example, does he live in his car? Rely on food banks and kitchens to survive? Or does he live in a high-rent townhouse in the middle of Silicon Valley, the Bay Area’s center of technology?
How financially secure a person is affects what she does on a daily basis. It controls the things she thinks about, including her worries and her woes.
Your task is to create two different characters. One has almost everything she needs to live comfortably. You will determine how wealthy she is and how this impacts her daily life.
Your other character lives paycheck to paycheck. He might drink or use drugs. He might be emotionally fragile.
After you’ve created these characters, put at least one of them in a story. Be as realistic as you can be. Have things happen to the character that test that financial security.
Once you’ve written that story, then put the other character in a different story. Again, have things happen that test security.
Have fun with this one!