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Part one of this dual prompt is from the book Writing with Emotion, Tension, & Conflict by Cheryl St. John. It is about getting to know your characters:
Your character must leave quickly. In five minutes, he packs everything that's important into one small bag. Describe each item that goes into the bag, and tell why it's important. Have the character say something about one or two items.
The complimentary second part will help you elaborate on those item descriptions and, through doing so, express even more about the character.
John Smolens, professor of English at Northern Michigan University, uses an exercise with his students he calls Be the Tree. Students pair up, go outside, and artificially limit access to particular objects by blindfolding each other in turns. The sighted student leads the other in touching things like trees, boulders, and park benches. After reversing roles, students return to the classroom and write about the objects they touched.