Where Will Your Main Character Hide?

“Where Will Your Main Character Hide?” by Joan Y. Edwards

Many times in a person’s life or in your main character’s story, he may desperately want to hide…from danger, from himself, from facts he doesn’t want to face. Here are places your main character may try to hide. In some cases the antagonist might want to hide him to get ransom money:

The main character may wish he could hide in this tree like a bird or a squirrel.


Hiding place in a tree

a cement block if you’re a squirrel and there are not trees around.

It’s possible that if he’s in a boat, he could hide out in this cave, but what could be in the cave to harm him that he can’t see now?

Cave Morgue File

Or a cave he could get to by hiking and climbing.

Greigs Caves, Ontario Canada Morguefile.com

 Or it could be he’ll live in high cave dwellings like the Indians did many years ago.

Los Alamos, New Mexico

It could be that the bad guys (antagonists) hide him in an ancient dungeon.

Ancient Dungeon

It could be that his task is to hide from the queen in her very own castle or palace. There are so many rooms, it seems likely that there would be no problem hiding out here. Especially, if you know how to turn off the security system or fool the guards by pretending to be one of them.

Buckingham Palace

Or it might be better to hide in an abandoned underground railroad station. Here’s a YouTube video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34Y_bMcl2-I pretty spooky with no one there but your character. Or if your character hides on a car and ride for days on end.

Underground train, London

I hope these thoughts and images get you thinking about possible situations in which your main character might need a hiding place you could use to heighten the tension in his story.

I appreciate www.morguefile.com for letting me use their pictures for free.  Thanks for sharing my blog with others.

Questions to Inspire Your Writing:

  1. What Shoes Would Your Main Character Wear?
  2. In What House Would Your Main Character Reside?
  3. How Will Your Main Character Get from Place to Place?
  4. What Will Your Main Character Drink?
  5. What Will Your Main Character Eat?
  6. What City or Town Will Your Main Character Call Home?

Celebrate you.
Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards
Copyright © 2014-2019 Joan Y. Edwards


6 thoughts on “Where Will Your Main Character Hide?”

  1. Joan,
    Sometimes, I’ve wanted to hide from reality. Closed blinds and silence shut me off from the real world temporarily. I wonder what others do when they experience this need.

    Thanks for another good post in this series.

    1. Dear Linda,
      Thanks for writing. Sometimes I’ve wanted to hide from reality, tool But, reality will come knocking at your door or be at you heels, no matter where you hide. I try to keep myself so busy that I don’t have time to think about it.

      Celebrate you.
      Never Give Up

    1. Dear Mona,
      Thanks for writing. I’m sure you’ll find the right place for your character. You have a good sense of story. You’ll find it.

      Celebrate you.
      Never Give Up

  2. Joan, this character series is so helpful. I love the idea with the squirrel in the cementblock or hiding in one of the castle rooms maybe in a secret passage way where the servants enter–I have been watching too much Downton Abbey 🙂

    1. Dear Kathleen,
      Thanks for writing. I’m glad this series is helpful to you. Downton Abbey shows are pretty cool. I liked the squirrel in the cement block, too.

      Never Give Up

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