What would you stand in line for? A new cellphone? Concert tickets? The hottest tennis shoes? To vote in-person?
Our responses depend upon how important the issue is to us and to our family. If our teenager can’t live without the shoes, then maybe we would bring a chair, sleeping bag and food and would set up for an overnight stay.
If it’s tickets to a play or concert that is only in your area for one appearance, then maybe we would. Or wouldn’t. We might decide that it’s not worth all the hours of our time to wait.
Your character also has opinions about waiting. What would motivate her to stand in those long lines?
Your task is to create a list of at least five things that your character desperately wants. Keep the items consistent with her personality.
Next narrow the list down to one thing that which she most wants and is most willing to set personal comfort aside in order to get it.
Write the scene. Begin with discovering that the item is coming available. Dialogue would be appropriate. Have him express his desires, so clearly that the others understand.
Have the character wait. Include the emotions that pass through his mind as well as interactions with others in line.
Once the character has made the purchase, or has been foiled, tell us how he feels.
Have fun with this one.