I'm taking a creative writing class this quarter. Our first assignment is to create a character adn a setting that we will use in the rest of our assignments. Both have to be contemporary, and we're forbidden from creating sci-fi/fantasy style characters/settings. :(

I'm less disappointed by this than I thought I would be, but I'm not quite sure what exactly I want to go with. I think I have it boiled down to a few different alternatives: a teen-aged non-believer living with christian parents, a teen-aged social outcast that believes in magic and fairies rather than dealing with reality, or a 20 something doing hair in a shop that attracts a lot of nutcases.

I figured I could set it in a fictional town that is a cross between the area I grew up in and my husband's hometown.

Which character idea sounds more interesting?

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Comment by Creature on April 7, 2009 at 3:50am
Felch- It wouldn't be as funny without the christian rock. One of the funniest things I encountered as a teen, was a room full of skater kids rocking out in church to a christian rock band complete with lyrics on the overhead projection. They were encouraged to "jump for Jesus." Once the frenzy started, I had to drag one of my friends out of there she was laughing so hard.

Rev- I used to pride myself on being strange, but some of these customers managed to put me in my place. I'm not sure whose worse the drunk guy or the guy that wants to talk about being an alien. Sometimes we wonder whether or not some of these people want to see how uncomfortable they can make us before we throw them out.
Comment by Rev Hellbound Alleee on April 6, 2009 at 10:34pm
I'm drawn to the last one, since I work in retail, and the people you meet who aren't nutcases can be so removed from reality; it's amazing.



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