This year I’m teaching two writing classes full of mostly kiddos that haven’t taken a class from me before. I’ve been pondering this week’s lesson about plot. Last week we discussed what makes a character interesting. Now we’ll apply that to what makes a plot interesting, and see how we can weave the two together.
One of the first things the students will do is define their character’s obvious and hidden needs. Hm. Could we actually apply that to ourselves and those around us?
I spend a lot of time noodling over my characters. What do they want? What do they need? Why? All this so I can understand them and, hopefully, write a story that is enjoyable while sending a message through their story. But the people in our real world have the need to be understood too. Maybe these flesh and blood type even have a stronger need to be heard than my characters. Okay, so if you’re not a writer, that last line may seem a little nuts, but trust me, those characters in my head are real!
My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,