Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Writing about tragedy!

A Changed Reality
As a writer it would be impossible and unrealistic to write only about good things. When constructing my stories I feel that there has to be a downside in some way to bring a modicum of realism to the tales.

I have spent my writing time today describing a death scene. Heavy! It is one of the most difficult things for me and at times it is necessary to draw on personal experiences. To instil the sense of desolation and pain I don't believe it can be researched as you would a place. It would have to be done by interviewing people who are prepared to talk and reflecting on one's own past.

A poem that I have as a bit of a mantra is from Mary Stevenson, and I can't read without emotion, can put you in the right frame of mind:-


Footsteps in the Sand

One night a man had a dream.
He dreamed he was walking along
the beach with the Lord.
Across the dark sky flashed scenes from his life.
For each scene, he noticed
two sets of footprints in the sand,
one beloning to him and the other to the Lord.
When the last scene of his life flashed before him,
he looked back at the footprints in the sand.
He noticed that many times along the path of his life
there was only one set of footprints.
He also noticed that it happened at the
very lowest and saddest times in his life.
This bothered him and he questioned the Lord about it.
"Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you,
you'd walk with me all the way.
But I have noticed that during the most
troublesome times in my life there is
only one set of footprints.
I don't understand why when I needed you most
you would leave me."
The Lord replied "My precious, precious child,
I love you and would never leave you.
During your times of trial and suffereing,
when you see only one set of footprints in the sand,
it was then that I carried you."

God Bless