Thursday, January 15, 2009

What I Can Learn from the Soaps about Writing


Okay, I admit that I watch soap operas sometimes. I hope you'll keep reading. :) I just had The Bold and the Beautiful on while reading email (background noise, you know?). And this young couple is so happy right now, just discovering their love.

Okay, then why, when the guy produced two snow boards for them to go snow boarding, did I cringe, thinking something terrible is going to happen?

Because they can't be allowed to be happy for long! And neither can our characters.

I'm the worst about hating conflict. I hate to torture my characters. But we have to. What's the worst thing that can happen? What could play into a character's worst fears?

Do it. Make the character suffer. Make him/her have to act to face the challenge. Acting produces character growth. It makes for an active protagonist, not one who is always reacting to thing that happen to him/her. (Yes, I'm lecturing myself, here!)
Okay, so the young couple just came back from snow boarding in one piece. So they lived another day. But I know something terrible is going to happen! I guess I'll have to keep watching to find out. ;)
Missy

6 comments:

  1. Missy's right. Make them suffer!! Ha, I have a hard time doing that.

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  2. Lindi, we're just too nice. :)

    Missy

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  3. I am so with you Missy. I quit watching soaps long ago because it used to drive me crazy that they could never leave anyone together. John and Marlena would work so hard to get their relationship back on track and then POOF, they'd be ripped apart by something. Grrrr.
    Needless to say, conflict is difficult for me too. I just want everyone to be happy :-) Ah yes, another perfect example that God does have a sense of humor.

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  4. Yes, we're told "blessed are the peacemakers" and then we rip these poor characters' lives apart! LOL

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  5. I hate conflict too, but it is the stuff of stories, soaps, movies, etc... If I had it my way I bet my books would be about 15 pages long. Meet, Fall in Love, Get married.

    I know, you're bored already - so am i!

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  6. ROFL, Christy!!!!!!

    You know, I'm afraid my wip is going to be short. But I'm plowing through. I have a feeling I'll be adding to fill it out more.

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