I live in Brooklyn, and my apartment is more than an adequate size for one; given NYC real estate parameters, it's not that small.
For those of you not in NYC, it's smaller than your garage.
By a long shot.
Apartments this size require CONSTANT tidying up. One sock on the floor, three unwashed plates, and laundry stacking up for more than a week, and the place looks a right mess.
So I tidy.
I even bought a very small dish drainer that forces me to wash every dish after I use it.
|not my sink or actual dishes-but that's the drainer|
And I don't hesitate to tell you that tidying up this incessantly is a real struggle.
There are minutes and hours where I have to force myself to do one small thing.
Which makes me think of characters who have compulsions (like OCD) where they have no choice but to tidy, versus people like me who have to struggle to get stuff done (sometimes, not always).
And I think it's much more interesting if a character has to struggle to do something (tidy up) or NOT do something (not tidy up), than do something because of a compulsion.
A struggle implies a choice. The character chooses to be meticulous, because that kind of attention to detail can mean the difference between life and death in his/her perilous profession (reference librarian comes to mind, also bomb squad.)
Struggle is tension.
Tension drives plot.
Compulsion is just a characteristic.
Your thoughts on this?
**(This is not Katja's book in case any of you are wondering;
it's an advance copy and I don't want
to spoil any of it for long time fans of the series)