Think of your favorite book. What kind of car does the heroine drive? What kind of car does the hero drive? Of course, I’m asking about fairly contemporary books, your historical character’s horse is a totally different situation.
What does a car say about a person? Does she drive a minivan? A convertible high end sports car? A loaded Ford truck? What color is it? Shiny and black? Bright candy apple red? A junker with different colored doors and dented hood?
The choice of a car can be a result of circumstances, or it can be one of personal choice. Does it say a lot about our characters?
What kind of car do YOU drive? What does it say about you? What matters to you? Is it a statement of personality, of status, of priorities? Basically, I think I just care that the car runs well, stops well, is affordable, and fits whoever it is that I am currently carting around.
But today, I’m in the process of choosing a replacement car, and suddenly I have to think about these things. And I’m having lots of conflicting thoughts. New? Used? Serviceable or make a statement? Break the bank, or find a bargain? What matters to me?
In life, I only make these decisions occasionally. Since I write a lot of characters, I make those decisions a lot in my stories, and I DO use those details to help define my characters. I think I need to think harder about my own personal decision here.
The thought makes me smile. I’m picturing myself in a 350 shiny Ford Pickup, wearing a giant cowboy hat. Or in the little bright red Miata, with no room for car seats. Or, sigh, the minivan. Time to choose. I’m not sure I’m as exciting as some of my characters.
What do you drive?
Christine Bush is the award winning author of many books and novellas of sweet romance and light mystery. She also writes Middle Grade Fiction. When she isn’t writing, she can be found working with clients as a Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice, or teaching Psychology at a local college. She lives with her family and two crazy cats in northeastern Pennsylvania, and loves to hear from readers and aspiring writers.
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