It’s November –  NaNoWriMo season.  To help you out, I created a number of writing ideas to help you with your NaNoWriMo Project.  Good luck creating your 50,000 words!

I stood before the ordering counter in the Oroville McDonald’s begging for an espresso drink (no Starbucks within miles, I know, I checked on my Starbucks app), I somehow didn’t convey my breakfast order correctly and did not get it.  The rest of my party got their breakfast, but except for the coffee, I did not get my sausage mc muffin.  So I went back to the counter (clutching my coffee) and pointed the discrepancy, and the girl was very nice, and gave me a Mc Muffin  and hash browns.  but the McMuffin was bereft of  sausage: it contained just  two eggs.   At that point, because they delivered on the coffee, I wasn’t in the mood to quibble and ate my double egg McMuffin like the cooperative peace loving person I am.

How does your character react to a botched fast food order?  How does he or she order in the first place?  Do they  take the concept of  “have it your way” literally?  Do they spend five minutes grilling the counter person on the contents of each burger or sandwich?  Or does she order a burger and always picks out the pickles because she always forgets to ask for no pickles?
Keep the situation and exchange to the trivia of a fast food franchise.  Your character isn’t  sitting in a spa or elegant restaurant where their every whim is supposed to be fulfilled, they are standing in line with the rest of the peasants and ordering fast food.
And while you are on the subject of food, is the food ever delivered fast enough for your character?    Or do they hate fast food because they are part of the slow food movement?
Stand your character in line at Jack in the Box.  What do they order?  How do they order?  What does that say about who they are?
Okay, what does it say about who you are?

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  • Matthew Wright
    Posted on November 26, 2011 at 3:15 am

    Real life experience: I put an order in yesterday to my local McDonalds for a lime shake. Their machine broke dispensing it, I didn’t want chocolate or raspberry, so I asked for my money back. And got it. The guy was pretty stressed out, but I got it all with good nature and thanks. One of those micro-observations for me as a writer, alll grist to the mill. My fictional character? Maybe for conflict – as author – I’d imagine a stressed out McStaffer as a start, maybe a customer who was a bit intolerant, but the guy who served me yesterday was nice enough that I’m sure that wouldn’t have fazed him – so, ‘realistically’, in my fictional version, everything would probably still be good.

    Of course, there was the moment in a Paris McDonalds where I couldn’t remember the French word for beer (which they offer there)…

    Matthew Wright

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