The Suitcase Game

Day 105 of 365:

{Daily Post One Word Prompt: Suitcase}

Okay fellow writers, let’s make a game of this.  How about a fun little exercise to stretch the limbs of your imagination?

Take the main character of your most recent story.  This can be either from one you have already completed, or a story you are currently working on.

Here’s the scenario:

Your main character has to go on an unexpected trip.  This trip may or may not be directly related to your plot.  Before he or she can leave, they must pack a suitcase, as it’s pretty obvious they will be away for at least a week or two.


What do they pack in their suitcase?

List five items that they would take with them.  Five accouterments your character cannot live with out…


I’ll go first.

My character would pack in her suitcase:

  1. her microphone
  2. her Discman (with a CD in it)
  3. a picture of her first love
  4. a feather boa
  5. sketch pad and pastels

(I literally just concocted this little writing exercise!  Ha!  Might be strange, but I gotta say this is a fun way to think about the possessions I have given my main character that make up her identity.  Your turn, if you want.  Post the five items your MC would pack in a suitcase in the comment section below.  And it doesn’t even have to be a fictional character’s belongings.  Maybe it’s five things you can’t live without!  Let’s have some fun, eh?)




-Janice 🙂  amwriting

4 thoughts on “The Suitcase Game

  1. Looking down on this suit case, it seems small. I pick it up and open on it on the bed. Now inside it seems even smaller. How am I supposed to put into it all that’s important to me. Those things I cannot do without. There is not enough room.

    I stand up and take a long deep breath. I let it out with a sigh. I must adapt. What to take?

    Fresh boxer shorts – definitely. Clean socks – feet are so important – you let them down and they will come back at you ten fold. Shave kit and special mouthwash. My external hard drive. The brown envelope. Perhaps another clean shirt.

    Mustn’t forget the brown envelope.

    The rest of the space in the suit case is negotiable.

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