Hi All, I am working on a writing submission for grad school. I am 51 years old and graduated with my BS in Sociology in 1998. Grad school wasn't even on my radar until recently until I learned that I can get a Master's in English, Creative Writing concentration. I am signing up for the novel writing course. I have 22 pages out of the 25 page submission written but I need to expand it by three pages. My son told me he thinks I need to expand on my protagonist a bit more. I am currently just trying to introduce the reader to a typical day in the life of my characters, things will get crazy later on in the novel. So here's where I am needing some suggestions. So I want to show my protagonist at work, just a typical day. I am giving her a job at the Employment Center, which is basically a place where people can use computers to do job searches, apply to colleges, and so forth. The center has GED classes, and resume writing assistance, etc. My main character, Tina, is a caseworker or whatever the job title is. She mainly enters in all the information for anyone new coming into the center who wants to take advantage of the free services. One of the services the center offers is documentation that a client can take to a welfare case worker or parole officer to show proof that they are actively seeking employment. So here's where I need some suggestions. I am trying to describe two women sitting in the waiting area as polar opposites of each other. One is a 21 year old, very pretty, high school graduate, dark skinned black woman who is about six months pregnant who is there for help with something like resume writing or applying for college, day care assistance etc. She is serious about what she is there for. She's nicely dressed, clean, quiet, etc. Sitting in the same area but a row over from her (picture the way the chairs are set up at the welfare office, just not as many of them). In the other row is a pale white woman who is a hardcore meth addict, dirty hair, stained clothes, can't sit still, her body jerks involuntarily, scabbed skin, etc. She's there because in order to keep her food stamps she has to show proof she is seeking employment - she mainly wants the main character to sign off on the document without her actually putting in any type of applications. I am looking for some ideas of how I can compare and contrast these two from an observers perspective. Any thoughts?