I've had a wonderful vacation in the Rocky Mountains for the last 10 days. My family and I went up a gondola to the top of a mountain, viewed a ferocious waterfall deep in a canyon and saw bears, deer, elks and mountain sheep. A good time was had by all, although the highlight for my 13 year old daughter was the day we spent in a huge mall in Edmonton.
As we pulled into our driveway yesterday, I thought about the place our home has in our lives. Sure, there's drudgery and routine, but there's also comfort and safety. It's the same for our characters.
Think about the role of home in your characters' lives. Is it a refuge or a battleground? Do they feel a sense of peace as they open the door or does their stomach clench from fear? Is it worthy of a decorating magazine or is it 'lived in'? Are they welcomed by the aroma of dinner in the oven? Are there squadrons of fruit flies circling over the spoiled peaches in the kitchen? Is there a pet dancing for attention?
No matter what kind of adventures you throw at your characters, every one of them has a home to retreat to at the end of your plot. Give yourself enough time to become familiar with each of them.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got 10,000 loads of laundry waiting for me. It's all about the glamour.