Reader Friday: 4 Objects in Your WIP

Without explanation, name four objects in your WIP.

No characters, no pets, nothing with a heartbeat. I’m looking for four objects. One could be a MacGuffin or simply a random “thing.”



I’ll start the ball rolling with my thriller WIP.

  1. Rope
  2. Antler
  3. Grandfather clock
  4. Dog bed
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Sue Coletta is an award-winning crime writer and an active member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. Feedspot and named her Murder Blog as “Best 100 Crime Blogs on the Net” (2018-2021). She also blogs at the Kill Zone (Writer's Digest "101 Best Websites for Writers" 2013-2021). Sue lives with her husband and two spoiled guinea pigs in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire and writes two psychological thriller series (Tirgearr Publishing) and true crime/narrative nonfiction (Rowman & Littlefield). And recently, she appeared on the Emmy award-winning true crime series Storm of Suspicion, and will be a panelist at the 2021 New England Crime Bake. Learn more about Sue and her books at

74 thoughts on “Reader Friday: 4 Objects in Your WIP

  1. Four items from “Girl on Fire,” my WIP:
    Gum wrapper
    Barbie doll
    Pet kibble
    White 1962 Corvette

  2. A classic Triumph
    A refurbished sailboat
    A secluded cabin
    A burnt chicken

  3. o Medieval wall lamp with citronella candle, hand made wrought iron, butt ugly
    o Brand new 70 Chevelle 2 door hardtop, SS 454, Hurst 4 on the floor, Black Cherry, passes everything on the road except gas stations
    o Bakery Pie Shop, money laundering front for bordello
    o Multicolored shag carpet, vacuumed & raked twice per week, also butt ugly

    • As a teen I had a four inch deep purple shag rug just a few inches short of carpeting.

      You drop something small on that rug you had to vacuum and search the bag in order to find. It.

  4. A short sword, traces of dried blood upon its guard
    A rack, well oiled and polished, 15th C. Moorish construction
    The “Holy Loincloth of San Juan de Sagrada Nada,” a relic
    A 4″x4″ white stone, inscribed, “dPLyC,” damp with tears.

  5. Hey, I’m new to this. Didn’t realize a descriptive answer was OK.
    Here’s mine again.
    1. Dead vines sticking to a tattered hanging planter
    2. A body-worn paint-cracked spindled porch rocker
    3. A fragmented screen door hanging limp from the top hinge like a noosed dead body
    4. A water choked and sputtering metal pipe

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