Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Characters drive stories - Age Proverbs & sayings.



Article on the news this morning concerning drink and when parents should have conversations with their children about acceptable drinking. The outcome - between the ages of 11 - 14.

In my humble opinion this is more about the fact that society drives children to grow up quicker and so we expose children to adult situations which from a maturation aspect of which they are not capable of coping. I doubt that there is any way in which we can revert to the way I and many of my generation were brought up embodied in the saying 'children should be seen and not heard'

Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.  ~Chili Davis

Age does not diminish the extreme disappointment of having a scoop of ice cream fall from the cone.  ~Jim Fiebig

Youth is a wonderful thing.  What a crime to waste it on children.  ~George Bernard Shaw

Proverbs & Sayings

A little learning is a dangerous thing.
Discretion is the better part of valour
Everything comes to he who waits
Familiarity breeds contempt
Great oaks from little acorns grow

and to finish:-

He teaches ill, who teaches all

The unusual structure of this proverb may make it difficult to understand. It becomes easier if we change the structure to "He who teaches all teaches ill." The word "ill" here means "badly". So it means that the teacher who teaches students everything, does not teach well. A good teacher lets students discover some things for themselves.

This final proverb could well be something that the 'nanny society' we live in could take into consideration.


'A book is a friend that does what no friend can do - stay quiet when you want to think!'

I had a great writing day yesterday completing around 2000 words. Finished Chapter 19 and began the next chapter. I report this because of something a writing friend , Caleb Pirtle III, commented a day or so ago. It was concerning writer's block. Caleb stated that if you hand the story over to your characters then they will lead you through the tale and you wouldn't have a problem with 'the block'.
Over the last day my latest Steele novel - Inception' - is galloping towards a conclusion but took a twist that I wasn't expecting. This change was brought about by Patrick Steele himself. I explain:-

The story begins with some detail of Patrick's early life where we begin to understand why he is the man he has become. The story develops, action takes place in various countries but then returns to the UK with Patrick using his estranged family to help resolve the story.

The very final part was driven by the character and took no place in my planning but it is fairly logical. Rather like Morgan Freeman's, Monty Wildhorn character in The Magic of Belle Isle, describing the brutal murder of a character's mother in a book he has written. His central character is Jubal McLaws who discovers his mother dead as a result of an Indian raiding party, her head almost severed. At the time Freeman is a guest at a neighbour's house who has three young daughters. She interrupts to tell the girls that of course it didn't really happen as it was only a story. Freeman came back with 'it happened to Jubal' in a very direct and slightly scary manner. Another case of the character driving the story and to a degree the writer.

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God Bless