What Do Your Character's Possessions Tell Readers?

What Do Your Character’s Possessions Tell Readers?

Today, I’m posting over on AuthorCulture, with the post “Illustrate Character Through His Possessions.” Here’s an excerpt:

The items on which we choose to spend our hard-earned money tell a lot about us. The possessions with which we surround ourselves in our homes, leave inside our vehicles, and pack into our office spaces often present an interesting view of our personalities and values. When we view someone else’s possessions, we instantly and unconsciously form an opinion about them—and the same holds true for a character’s possessions in our books.

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K.M. Weiland is the award-winning and internationally-published author of the acclaimed writing guides Outlining Your Novel, Structuring Your Novel, and Creating Character Arcs. A native of western Nebraska, she writes historical and fantasy novels and mentors authors on her award-winning website Helping Writers Become Authors.


  1. In my novel, the protagonist often gets his possessions destroyed by bullies. Twice his bicycle is vandalized and once he gets a picture he really likes torn up. What does that say about him?

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