I admit, I don’t like to clean house. Oh, I keep up with the clothes washing, but that’s about all I do consistently. I’ll put off cleaning bathrooms and floors until even I admit it has to be done.
And so it came to be that yesterday, I swept, mopped and waxed the downstairs. Bleh. But it was well overdue.
As I’m waxing and internally moaning about my back hurting, I got to thinking about writing. I tried to remember if I’d ever had a character clean house. Other than maybe picking up clothes from the living room, I don’t think I have. I then wondered if that’s because my characters have too much to do to worry about dirty floors or if it’s because I so dislike cleaning house.
Do you have characters do chores that you dislike? Is your protagonist a loner and rarely has anyone over for whom they’d feel the need to clean up? Do you have a character who’s a neat-freak and has a squeaky clean house? How much does s/he charge for sweeping, mopping and waxing a downstairs area? How about bathrooms?
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