Today is a day for getting chores done. We were out all day yesterday, so that means the work needs to be done today: laundry, cleaning, putting up Halloween decs, etc. It will be a busy day.
It got me to thinking. Do our characters ever do such mundane tasks? Readers probably don't want to hear about your hero or heroine cleaning the bathroom or doing the laundry. But what if obssesive neatness was a character trait for one? In order to show rather than tell, shouldn't there be at least one scene involving him/her cleaning the house? I did have my hero doing laundry in one scene. It was a device for him to find her silky panties in the dryer. And in my upcoming release (An Unexpected Blessing) I do have my heroine decorating for and then later setting the table for Thanksgiving. It helped to set the mood and really ground the setting.
How about you? Have you ever had your characters doing mundane tasks in the interest of story-telling?
Until next time,