Details underline character’s personality
I find that details like clothing matter in any story, just like they matter in our own lives.
I always dress for the occasion, why shouldn’t the character do the same. Dressing also reflects on personality.
In one of the stories in my new book Shifting Sands Short Stories math professor Martin Duggan always wears pinstriped suits, preferably gray.
Because the pin stripes remind him of geometrical lines. After all, Martin is a math professor at the university in Rocky Rapids.
Here is an excerpt from “The Temptation of Martin Duggan.”
To match the white shirt that Rose bought him at JC Penney, Martin wore his favorite gray pants with pin stripes reserved for special occasions.
There was something about lines that had always comforted him. Lines commanded respect. They could be lines vertical, horizontal or curves. And then came symbols, and Martin’s love for them; like pi or the toppled 8 symbolizing infinity. He traced the origins of his love for numbers and symbols to his childhood and later growing up in the strict austere atmosphere of the seminary in Brest.
The details in Martin’s clothing bring out his character and his growing up in the austere atmosphere of the seminary.
The lines create the platform for his character and to move the story in and out of the classroom.
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