How are you? How was your Saturday? Anything funny happen?
The other day (for those of you who don’t follow me on Twitter) I wore a shirt that had been stuffed in a backpack for four months or so. Smelled like the air freshener I keep in my car trunk, and had wrinkles in it as deep as the grand canyon.
Yesterday morning I tried to fry an egg but I failed miserably. The poor thing didn’t fry very quickly…it just sort of sat there and simmered. On top of that, it was a non-non-stick pan (read: stickable pan), and so it just kinda burned. I tried to scoop it up with a spatula and salvage what was left of my failed project, but by the time the chaos (aagh, stop the chaos!!!) was over, I was left with a pile of white & yellow abstract carnage. I didn’t let it ruin my day.
Today, I wrote a character’s backstory in non-orthodox style. I started writing a scene where he and his best friend are writing down their life stories, then I went into what he was writing. Then I switched back into the “Real” world, wrote down what was happening while they were writing, and then jumped back into his narrative. Came out with a conclusion and a potential answer to my problem.
My problem was this: My character did not have a past of suffering. I guess I felt that without trials in his past, he was a sort of boring character. (Any thoughts on this?)
I ended my backstory with the phrase: “It wasn’t trials that made a person, it was the fact that you were a person that made you a person.” I know, I know, it’s bad writing…
Is it true? Sure, suffering refines somebody, but if somebody hasn’t suffered in life, does that make them any less a person than the next? Just thought I’d share that.
Have a nice weekend!
— – — SEPH («^_^»)