What does your character see when they look in a mirror?
Think about a character you want to write looking at themselves in a mirror.
What do they see or not see about themselves?
What does the mirror reveal or hide?
Where are they?
What kind of mirror is it?
Why are they looking in the mirror in this particular moment in time.
Mirrors can be overused in fiction, but think about ways to make the mirror new as Steven Millhauser does in his story “Miracle Polish”.
As an entry point, ask yourself what you see when you look into the mirror?
Or try writing about what a blade of grass or an object or animal sees when it looks into the mirror as in the above photo.
*Adapted from Spilled Ink by Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter
“Miracle Polish” by Steven Millhauser in The New Yorker Fiction Podcast
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