Friday, 25 May 2012

Everything is relative.

They announced a drought at the beginning of April and following the announcement we had the wettest April on record. is about depression and support for people who suffer from this mental illness.

What is being rich to you?

These are three examples of situations or illness that affect loads of people in different ways but they all have one thing in common. They all require a level of understanding. In the case of the drought in the UK it is affecting the south and east of the country only. There is plenty of water in the north and west. One important fact is the areas where there is a water shortage are the areas where our food producing farms are situated. Enough said!

The website advertised by Ruby Wax concerning depression tells us that 1 in 4 of the worlds population suffer from depression. I am one of those and although it is, in my opinion, not severe it never leaves you! I know of people in similar situations and one thing most of us have in common is that we are fighters. Those who do not have any experience of this illness expect you to 'snap out of it'! Even doctors fall back to the prescribe anti-depressants solution. My experience is that they just numb the patient from reality without curing the problem. Depression is about perception of the world and how it affects the depressive and that can't be cured with tablets.

The desire to become rich is the root of the problems in the financial world that is currently causing so many problems in the world today. Becoming rich is relative also. If I had an extra £5k income/year, that is around £400/month, I would be wealthy! This would take my total income to less than £30k/year! West Indies cricketers are in revolt because they can only earn £150k/yr when English players in similar positions earn £450k/yr. Not to put too fine a point to it I wouldn't know what to do with £150k/yr! I certainly would have a go at giving much of it away.

Each of the above scenarios gives us a view of situations that occur in real life and as writers we have a duty to understand where our characters are coming from to develop realism in our work. My leading character, Patrick A Steele, could well be a depressive as a result of his background. His parents killed in an accident when he was aged 12 and then his uncle, who was his guardian, dying as a result of a break in at his home when only 15. I am in that situation without the dramatic upbringing. When constructing your lead character delve into all the traumas in life that may have influenced them in their development and hint at the outcomes as you write. It may make your characters more intriguing for the reader.

God Bless