Friday, 10 May 2013

Writing - survival and recovery.

Bangladesh building collapse 17 days ago.

Seventeen days ago a building collapsed and to date over a thousand people are known to have died. As you can see from the photograph it is almost levelled and yet today a young woman has been pulled from the destruction alive and quite well. 17 days! Amazing and very pleasing for that lady and her family.

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

When writing action, thrillers, mysteries etc it is not uncommon for authors to include some kind of harm to come to their central characters and for them then to recover and win the day. This has often been the case since the earliest stories or feature films but one source of disappointment is when the damage and subsequent recovery is too far fetched and removes reality from the plot. A little like the old cowboy films where a hero is shot wherever but at the end he always had his arm in a sling! They used to use 6 chamber revolvers that would fire many more than six shots! Even James Bond I find stretches the imagination to breaking point - the fist fights where there is no blood or bruising!
Now I'm fully aware that if everything was realistic all of the time it would be boring, so storytellers embellish, poetic licence if you like, their tales to add excitement. Like many things it is a question of balance.

The Balance
After he had journeyed
And his feet were sore
And he was tired
He came upon an orange grove
And he rested

And he lay in the cool
And while he rested 
He took to himself an orange 
And tasted it
And it was good

And he felt the earth to his spine
And he asked
And he saw the tree above him
And the stars
And the veins in the leaf
And the light
And the balance

And he saw magnificent perfection
Whereon, he thought of himself in balance
And he knew he was

Just open your eyes
And realize 
The way it's always been
Just open your mind
And you will find
The way it's always been
Just open your heart
And that's a start - listen here.

Now of course all that I've suggested about the affect of injury and balance could claim to be belied by the relatively healthy condition of the lady buried beneath a Bangladeshi building for 17 days!
God Bless