Inferences. I bet you can make a lot based on what someone has in their refrigerator or their pantry.
For example, what can you tell about me based on the photos above? If you guessed that I like to eat healthy – fresh fruits and veggies are a must and I have plenty of salad dressing to go around too, then you’re correct. I also love coffee but I’m too cheap to go out for it so I drink it at home. And the most obvious inference, is that I need to go to the grocery store because as you can see – there is nothing to make for dinner tonight.
I can also apply this exercise to any character that I’m writing about. Let’s say a hungry teenager opens the refrigerator to a grab a snack, what might he find? An apple? Probably not his first choice. Maybe he pulls out all the lunchmeat and makes a sandwich so big that he can barely fit his mouth around it. What would a twenty-something single girl have in her refrige? Low fat yogurts, diet soda, and egg beaters? And what does it say about her? That she’s always on a diet or that she spends very little time eating at home. The possibilities are endless.
Next time you open your refrige take a closer look and see what it says about you.