For instance, there's the shopping scene. I have been dinged for this. "What's the deal with the shopping?" I don't have a clue what the "deal" is, but most of my protagonists buy food, clothing, or something else at some point in the book. They usually talk to the cashier, meet someone in the parking lot, or carry the things they've purchased into the house within the scene. This could explain why my editor says, "Pacing, Liz," to me with unfortunate frequency. Pacing isn't something I've perfected.
Then there's the cemetery. I can explain this one, sort of. In the first place, I like cemeteries. In the second, it's a good place to deepen (sorry for the pun) relationships. Characters take flowers there they've picked from the neighbor's flowerbeds. They mourn together or they talk with deceased loved ones there. They might not get the answers they seek--not everyone is spiritual in that way--but they often ask questions.
Kitchens. If my people didn't have kitchens, I couldn't write. If they didn't drink coffee, I couldn't write. If there was no island or table in the middle of the kitchen, I couldn't write. If there was no window over the sink, I couldn't write. Perhaps this is because I write small-town and rural and that's where we do a lot of our living. Or maybe it's just because I like kitchens.
The houses in my stories always have importance. I have several house plans books so that I can make them real. I love houses so much that my friend Judith Palmer has embroidered gifts for me with houses on them, I decorate for Christmas with a village of them, and on any shelf in my house or office, you will find the occasional house of one kind or another. My heroines have been able to find safety in houses that has eluded them in relationships.
Do you have situations or places that repeat from story to story? Share them with us and explain why you write them. Wranglers are curious!
Have a great week.