I’m not 100% familiar with Death Row. Sure, I know a few things thanks to The Green Mile etc, but as a citizen of a country that doesn’t have the death penalty, my knowledge is quite slim, I don’t know how “things” work, but I thought that this writing exercise sounded interesting.
I found it on the Writers & Artists’ Yearbook Facebook page, and I instantly knew which character I would use for this exercise:
Writing Exercise: Last Meals
If your main character was on death row, what would his/her last meal be? Describe it.
– 18 years old
– Murder, fraud and perverting the course of justice
– Roast chicken dinner, with mashed potatoes, carrots, peas, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, two Yorkshire Puddings and lots of gravy. Followed by a Chocolate Brownie Sundae. Lucy would eat every single vegetable, even the ones that she doesn’t like – especially the ones that she doesn’t like. She would save a couple of spoonfuls of Sundae for her father, because she always let him share a little…but no brownie. Her father was never allowed any of the brownie.
It surprised me how easily this came to me, and how well I still know Lucy’s personality and temperament, despite the fact that I haven’t worked on her story for quite a long time. Perhaps now is the time to pick up where I left off with her story…