Tuesday, June 10, 2014
DRAMA IS ALL AROUND YOU BY RITA KARNOPP
Have you ever noticed there is drama all around you? Pay attention! There are always people who wear their problems on their sleeves – as the old cliché goes! But that’s great for us . . . listen to their passions, their dramas, their dilemmas, their successes and failures, and even their sorrows. You can even pick up drama in newspapers, magazines, and the news. It’s all around us . . . start jotting down notes of inspiration.
You might see an interview on TV – the guy is a sole survivor in a war-torn country. Don’t you really want to know how he survived when no one else did? How about a mother who takes her life . . . and that of her daughter – why? Aren’t your story-telling feelers asking you ‘what would make her do that? If you see a guy that is trying to survive in the desert, no modern help-just him and the elements – don’t you wonder what on earth brought him to make that decision?
You hear about a priest who leaves his devotion and suddenly marries. Wow – doesn’t that spark your creative spirit and make you wonder why? What would bring him to this decision? How difficult was it? What do his family and friends think about this? How does this affect his life now? Does he regret it?
There are the numerous, horrendous killings and sad disappearances in real life . . . that could spawn hundreds of books.
So why don’t we? Well . . . we do! There is drama all around us and if you’re one of those smart authors – you’re finding material for your stories every time you listen to the world around you or you open your eyes – drama unfolds at every turn.
What sets one writer out from another is their passion to write the story. They take the ardent fervor for life and fill in the blanks that take the reader on a journey. Sometimes it’s uplifting and other times it’s nitty-gritty and even devastating.
The drama all around us results in the birth of innumerable ideas that becomes the basis – the drama – for yet another wonderful read. Key here is to tell your story with passion. Your reader will believe every word as though they heard it on the news, read it in a paper or a magazine.