This post is part of the April A-Z Blogging Challenge, wherein participants blog throughout the month according to the letters of the alphabet. For more on the challenge, click here.
Note: If anyone wondered, I tagged the blog as having adult content due to a few factors: one, strong language; two, the possibility that excerpts I post may have graphic descriptions of sex or violence and therefore unappealing to some readers. Never fear, though, I’ll be sure to warn y’all if a post of that nature comes up! In the meantime, feel free to read on!
Note: This post has some very mild swearing. Plus, horseshoes in… shall we say, anatomically unlikely… places…
Cheers and happy ABC’ing,
Unless you’ve been living under a rock or have had an extremely sheltered existence to date, odds are you won’t be shocked when I tell you that sometimes, life sucks. In fact, the expression you’re making as you read this is probably best described as “No shit, Sherlock.”
Thing is, though, rough circumstances, difficult choices, and plain ol’ bad luck are part of what makes a story realistic. Would you want to read a story about a woman whose hardest decision to make is real ice cream versus frozen yogurt? I wouldn’t! (Besides, if she has any sense, we all know the real thing will win out anyways.) People with lucky horseshoes hidden up their butts just aren’t fun to read about unless they have some serious flaws or problems to face as well.
Unkindness can come from many a source. Sheer dumb luck, circumstance and/or timing, other people… get creative. Give your characters something to work through. Of course, make sure it’s worth their while to deal with all the crap we put them through. Even if it’s just a dance party to blow off steam at the end of a crappy day. (That’s my current plan.)