The weekend propelled me forward whist clothing me again in my discarded mantle. The same experience: push, pull. PD requirements for my registration, reminded me of the miracles possible with correctly prescribed exercise and reinforced my choice to become a writer.
The venue for the course was a Rehabilitation Centre where I had worked thirty years previously. It evoked a multitude of memories. Emotions surfaced first and led me back in time to the ward where I worked, the house in which I lived and a friend’s place.
Physiotherapy me: if I wrote it down, what would I include, so you be interested enough in my story to keep reading?
- What shoes did I wear to work?
- What were the buildings like?
- What were the things I loved about the job?
- Did it smell? How?
- How did I get to work?
- What did I have for lunch every day?
- Two memorable clients sprang into my consciousness, old ladies then. How would I write the dialogue between us?
I drove to our old house, retracing the route, I had cycled every day for two years. The roads had changed, a new bi-pass bisecting my path. The once so familiar, dimmed. Trusting my instinct, I tracked back to our first home.
- What colour was it?
- How did the garden look?
- Any pets?
- What was the neighbourhood like?
- The vibe, was it a happy place?
- did the front door squeak?
- How could I weave these thoughts into a piece of writing to give it more depth? If not these, what else might I reveal to a reader?
Continuing down the road I drove past a business owned by a close friend at the time. Characters need interaction. Friends, families and foes give us insight into the emotional and psychological makeup of our characters.
- What do our friendships reveal about us?
- What kind of people do we surround our selves with?
- Are they value adding?
- What kind of things do we share?
- Do either of us have annoying or bad habits?
- Is the friendship toxic?
If you are writing a memoir, take time to travel back to old haunts, meet up with friends and compare memories giving you more depth. Take a note pad and have some fun.
Do you have any quirky character development questions you’d like to share?