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    Alternatives

    Which alternatives a character chooses helps define what they are like, so think of a situation where there is a choice, e.g.

    In the fruit bowl there were apples and satsumas.

    Then the next person resolves the choice, e.g.

    Dave picked up an apple and, removing the stalk, took a large bite.

    You can go anywhere that takes your fancy, housing, friends, transport, whatever, but don’t let it degenerate, no saying ‘Apples / satsumas?’ or simply choosing ‘apples’, remember this is a writing forum, give us a bit of context, get into it, enjoy it !

    So here goes first off,

    When he opened the cupboard there were two packets of biscuits, one with only three or four left, and another unopened.
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    The unopened packet was his favorite, cinnamon,
    and was already relishing the scent. Being a logical
    thinker, a whole packet is better than half, stuffing it
    into his coat pocket, late for the train he dashed.

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    Excellent, a man in a rush who grabs the main prize!

    Can you give us a new dichotomy for the next poster? A choice they have to make?
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    Ok...this would be added below instead of separately.


    New thought: Rain in the forcast tomorrow, options
    getting to work, walk or ride bike.

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    He looked out of the window and the weather was giving the vegetation a long, cool, much needed, drink. He could take the pushbike and rush, but the advantage was minimal, he would get hot beneath the yellow cape, and he ws not pushed for time. Donning waterproofs he walked out down the street, not hunched against the wind and rain like those passing, but upright, looking into the distance, savouring the day.

    New dichotomy, it is the birthday of a colleague at work, should one simply buy a card, or would a gift be in order?
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    Monday is Zach’s birthday. He’s a great guy with a
    positive outlook, always has something nice to say to
    everyone and is a good worker. I would like to give
    him a little something for fun. He’s also a connoisseur
    of various vintage collectables. I have a few old vinyl
    albums, dusted ten years ago somewhere in the
    basement. But if I give him a gift, does this become a
    precedent? Maybe a card...maybe cookies...balloons?
    Maybe...I’ll just wish him Happy Birthday.

    New dichotomy: Last week car repairs hurt your
    budget. Next week the rent is due. Today you found a
    wallet, with cash, ID and four credit cards. What to do?

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    'He got off at the last stop, I looked down and there was the wallet on the seat.'
    The temptation had been great, but I knew it would haunt me and so here I was in the station control office.
    'You were going North, South, right?' He picked up the phone and had a very brief conversation, 'Yes, my colleague has a very relieved customer in his office, sending him right over. If I enter it in my lost property book he has to pay ten % to get the cash back though, you could wait for him, or I could simply pass it on.'
    There was something in the way he said it, it was subtle, but I knew that if I simply handed it over he would get the wallet and caards, but less the cash; and I, the unidentified stranger, would get the blame.
    'I'll wait, be sure it's the right guy, I'll recognise him.'
    The dissapointment was fleeting, but confirming.

    You have been waiting an hour for your meal, watching takeaways flying out the door. You catch a waiter, you ask for a bill for your drinks, your leaving, he wants you to wait while he checks the kitchen. What do you say? DO YOU LEAVE OR STAY?
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    The conversation is engaging. I never noticed an hour
    sweep by or I would have said something prior.
    I did notice however, they are short staffed...
    I would remind him we’ve been waiting an hour and
    check the kitchen quickly.....
    If he doesn’t come out with our food, we leave.
    or....how good is the food at this restaurant?
    Is worth waiting for?

    You’re late for an important meeting as your
    coming up to railroad tracks, there’s two sets
    of tracks.
    The lights go on the gates come down.
    Do you go around the gates and be on time for
    your meeting or wait for the frieght train to pass
    and be late?

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    It' not just the choices your character makes that defines them, but also the way that they reason and come to that choice.
    Was your character's first thought to save themselves, do they show bias in their decision making process, do they show favorites?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TuesdayEve View Post
    You’re late for an important meeting as your
    coming up to railroad tracks, there’s two sets
    of tracks.
    The lights go on the gates come down.
    Do you go around the gates and be on time for
    your meeting or wait for the frieght train to pass
    and be late?
    "Oh great." I thought as the arms of the railroad guard dropped. I can dodge the blockade and be on time or wait the train out and be late. Two choices are before me. This is a sensitive meeting, I'm going for it.

    I deftly swerve the obstacles with plenty of time when I see the flashing lights of the police car. Little did I know that I had THREE choices. Be on time, be late or be even later as I sit and wait for an officer who is not in a great hurry.

    Four choices, as I jam down the gas pedal. I might be early.




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