Status: The tortoise approaches the threshold
Tomorrow countless blogs, facebook posts, and relatives sitting around the table will recount their blessings, and this is all well and good. And I'm sure there will be more than a handful of posts talking about our blessings as writers, so I'll leave that territory for those more reflective than I. Instead, I want to talk about our characters and how they celebrate the holiday. Christmas books are a long time staple of the romance world, but Thanksgiving books and scenes are a little more rare. I love when they appear though because they reveal so much about the character and his or her family dynamic, values, beliefs, and preferences.
Now whether or not you are planning a Thanksgiving scene in your WIP, choose one of your characters (pick the trickiest one you were complaining about yesterday for a challenge) and give him or her a typical Thanksgiving prior to the start of your story. Who is there? Who is he or she happy to see? Not? What foods does he or she like? Dislike? If he or she is without family, what might he or she do instead? Now when he or she was a child, what sort of Thanksgiving was celebrated? How did these memories shape your present character? Finally, what sort of Thanksgiving future would you like to give your character at the close of your book?
I'll be back to put up my own answers later. Have fun!