Author Tamela Hancock Murray

Prized Possessions

This blog is part one of six in a series designed to hone character development of protagonists in your fiction.

I own a few possessions that I prize though they aren’t worth much moneywise. These possessions represent the love someone has for me. That love is far more valuable to me than the few dollars I could earn from selling my memories on eBay.

Take the small trinket box my grandmother bought me when I was in the seventh grade. We used to ride to Petersburg, Virginia, upon occasion and stop at a small business on Route 460 called Grandma’s Antiques. The store was located in an old house and boasted many intriguing objects for sale. My parents weren’t interested in antiques so perusing old artifacts with my grandparents was a special treat.

A box I considered unique attracted my attention. Fashioned from metal with an ornate design, it boasted a lovely silk lining, made puffy by cotton, of pale pink. But alas, the $7.50 price was out of my league. My grandmother could see me admiring the box and she knew I wanted it. Though she didn’t have an unlimited budget herself, she bought it for me. As soon as I got home, I placed it on my bureau and to this day, decades later, the little metal box occupies a place on my current dresser. The little box holds a strand of pearls, costume jewelry my husband bought me for my 21st birthday. Both have traveled with me during several moves. I’m sure the little box, still holding the pearls, will occupy a prime spot on my dresser for the rest of my life.

Your turn

Does your main character have treasured possession? What is it?

What is the story behind it?

Does your reader know about it?

What does this possession say about your character?

Character Development Series:
Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four
Part Five
Part Six

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