It’s been an interesting week this week and one where I really surprised myself. Previously I would have taken it personally when Mr Leviticus was being a very angry man, frothing and ranting at the world and me all week. Instead I found myself in some perpetual calm state of inner peace and grace. Perhaps its a show of strength of how far I’ve come that his ad hominems and personal jibes at my morals and beliefs just melted away into insignificance. Perhaps its the absurdity of such hatred and bigotry or a recognition that often when people are trying to denigrate others it is a projection of their own insecurity. I think the mistake most people make is misconstruing the actions of others as a personal dig against them, when in fact the vast majority of the time it is a personal failing or insecurity on the part of the person making the insult. Is life imitating art or art imitating life – either way like people in real life, the characters in our writing will be faulted, fallible and be battling their own inner conflicts.
So how can we create the internal conflicts, contradictions and insecurities of our characters in a way that does not show the writers hand? It’s not easy to do if you are writing a character driven plot – of course some novels are much more plot driven and focus little on character development – but little characteristic tics, reactions and dialogue can show the reader the inner conflict that the character is feeling. Such conflict can be expressed through narrative but this is a much more difficult task as it needs a much more delicate hand to ensure that character development doesn’t dive into a free-fall of exposition.
With this is mind perhaps this week you could consider the ways in which you could use this weeks Sunday Inspiration to explore exposing, developing and making at least one character react to internal conflict within this weeks writing.
Your one line is:
Red patchy splotches appeared on her face as she turned to confront him
Rules: Hints and handy tips:
- Use this weeks image and one line to inspire you in a creative endeavour
- You can use them to write in any style, genre, or form
- Enjoy, get creative, have fun
- Come back and share the link to your blog where your work is posted or post using the comments section here. Normally I say post by close of play the following Saturday (close of play being midnight in your time zone)
Have a grand week everyone and look forward to reading your contributions next Saturday.