Timing is everything. From the month of the year to the time of day, when things happen in the story sets the scene and plays a role in action, reaction, presentation and attire.
As it relates to the actual character, time of day can invoke a unique response.
Is your character a morning person? If so, how do the other people he or she crosses paths with react? Do they want to just reach out and smack her for being so chipper at some un-Godly hour? Is he the inspiration that gets everyone else in a good mood? And what makes him a morning person? Is it piping hot slap your mama strong coffee? A good night’s rest? Is there a routine that this character follows before going to be to insure that good morning?
If they are a night owl, do they struggle to rise in the morning or choose to work the night shift?
When it is cold outside…Time of year and the character.
Time of year matters top.Is it summer? Do the characters wear skimpy outfits and sandals? Or are they bundled under multiple layers of shirts, sweaters and coats and donning boots? When it rains, does your character freely frolic in the downpour, or race towards shelter in a fleeting attempt to save a hundred dollar hair do? What color are the leaves? Is the pollen count a killer or is the character dodging tornadoes every few weeks?
Free spirit or chained to the desk?
Does this character have steady – gainful -employment or is it cyclical? Do they get swamped during a certain time of the year forcing them to hunker down at the computer or beneath a pile of papers? How does the character deal with this peak time? Do they thrive in that environment waiting for the next challenge to be tossed on the desk? And what of the “off” times? Does the character easily bore or welcome the time to relax?
The more the merrier?
Is the character solely responsible for all of the holiday planning? Is this a chore or a welcomed distraction from the day to day routine? Do get togethers interrupt the character’s favorite sport or require him to load up the family for trips all over the country? Does the character have a family or is she just now looking for love? Is the character required to prioritize, putting the needs of other ahead of her own? Is this a choice or the toll they are expected to place based upon the time period or stage in their life?
Tick tock tick tock time waits for no one. Know the time of the story and know it plays into making the characters and setting work together (or against one another).