News: Brick Wall

23 Aug

Sometimes a bit of news makes its way into your life that you wish you could erase from memory or reality as soon as you hear it. Throw it away. Act as though it hasn’t happened. You just want to never have to deal with the reality of that situation, but you know now and you can’t escape. You can’t un-hear or unread or un-know it willingly … as much as you might try.

Today’s writing journey: Take a moment and reflect on a piece of news you/your character has heard that they wish they could un-hear or un-know. What was your initial reaction? How did they cope long-term with the reality of the news? When did the bit of news become a reality you ultimately faced? Were they successful in ignoring the bad news?

Exploring your reaction or your character’s reaction to bad news can lead to a better understanding of the motives that drive us all in our relationships and life. As an individual, we can better understand sometimes the hidden, dormant feelings we may have that overcome us at times of bad news. As a writer exploring your characters this is a great exercise to elaborate on character sketches. Dig deeply into your character’s motives and hash out some of the lesser explored emotions they may have yet to face in the plot of your story.

Wishing you happy writing & happy living…

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