TURN YOUR STORY UPSIDE DOWN – CREATE THE UNEXPECTED

I know we already had one ‘bunny’ post this week, but I’m afraid I couldn’t resist this one.

My bunnies have regular toe nail trims, and up until recently it has always been a bit of a trauma for everyone. Bunnies have powerful legs and it’s hard to hold a kicking bunny still while you trim their toe nails.

But recently I discovered that if I lay them on their back to do it they become mesmerised…completely docile…completely co-operative.

At the time, I was working on a book that kept throwing up problems for me. That’s when I realised that I could apply the same principles to writing stories as I did to bunnies.

Turning your story upside down can actually HELP you get it under control.

Don’t be afraid to make your good characters a little bit bad, and your bad characters a little bit good.

Don’t be afraid to introduce something completely unexpected into your story. I have found it’s a great way to invigorate a tired story line or show you a completely new dimension to your main character.

I guess it comes back to the same thing – as writers we are always taking risks – always prepared to try something new.

Happy writing.

Dee:-)

(and the bunnies)

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7 thoughts on “TURN YOUR STORY UPSIDE DOWN – CREATE THE UNEXPECTED

  1. So glad my bunnies don’t scream when I cut their nails, Trisha.

    Not sure I could cope with that:-)

    Dee

  2. I think good characters have to have a bit of a dark side or else they start to be a little dull. A few hang-ups and issues can really flesh out a character and help the reader connect to them. Thanks for the interesting post.

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