Now look at your lovely selection of objects and pick one to represent your theme. Some tips:
- don't go for the "obvious fit" - an unlikely combo can work much better and be more interesting
- choose something that can recur naturally in the story - it's easier to weave in that way
- When did your protagonist first encounter the object? What did they think of it then?
- How did it gain those associations / that meaning for your protagonist? What happened?
- What happened when they next encountered it, once it already had those associations?
- Do they ever do anything to it because of what it means, not because of its function? (eg hanging a blanket on a wall; deliberately breaking a perfectly good bowl; giving or throwing away a treasured token; et cetera)
Tomorrow we'll play with Subplots. If you want to share what you invent, tweet me @WritersGreenHse. I'd love to hear.
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