I haven't been online much since December and have had a lot going on, but I want to thank all of you that left a review for "B.R.A.T." . Your feedback is greatly appreciated and extreemely helpful for whenever I can get back to writing and move forward.
Happy New Year everyone, hope you all had a wonderful Christmas
So I was researching plots for different types of stories and my brain led me here:
In short, a tragedy is a story where the story goal is not completed and the ending is bad for the protagonist. So say you have a story about character that will, eventually, die. But the story is not told from his/her prospective, but rather a different character, say the sibling or the best friend or the love interest. Which means that the person your story is about is not your protagonist. So even though said character's own story is a tragedy, is your book itself one? Because the actual protagonist witnessing this character's life does achieve their goal and thus doesn't live a tragedy.
So the story isn't a tragedy? Even though it's about one?
But what if the character that dies didn't necessarily live out a tragedy, because in their death they achieved their story goal? And because of this, the protagonist does not or cannot achieve theirs, essentially making the book a tragedy.
I'm working on a piece that I'm not really ready to share with anyone. A book (someday) that's still a rough draft.
But as I add things to it, I keep going back and reading what's been written to try to smooth things over a little, make sure everything sounds okay. Yet, each time I do that, the more rough it seems, if you know what I mean.
So, I was sitting outside just now, and it's dusk. I was looking at the leaves of the trees and thinking about how different they look throughout the day, and their appearance differs only because of the lighting and shadows, because chlorophyll will always make leaves green. And it made me think that maybe things in life are basically neutral until the lighting is different.
Like for instance, rain. Rain will always be rain. But if you were planning on mowing the lawn, or grilling, then that makes the rain seem negative. If you've gone months without rain in a drought, or if the weather is hot and dry and it rains, then the rain seems positive.
And I realized that many things in life are this way. The thing is just itself until you look at it.
“We have big, beautiful brains. We invent things that fly. Fly. We write poetry….We are capable of big lives. A big history. Why settle? Why choose the practical thing, the mundane thing? We are born to dream and make the things we dream about.” -Nicola Yoon, The Sun is Also a Star, pp. 100-101
Why not reach for those unreachable stars? Why not be incredible and extraordinary? Why settle for what you can do, when there is a whole world of what you could do?
Don’t be a writer because you write decent sentences; be a writer because you find beauty in words, and you can write and feel those words.
Don’t be a teacher because someone said you teach well. Be a teacher because you enjoy the look on a student’s face when they finally understand what you’ve been helping them learn.
Don’t join the police force because you think it would be cool, but do it because you want to put criminals to justice and protect people who need protection.
Do something because you’re passionate about it, not because you think you might be good at it. Do something that amazes you, and you will be amazing at it!
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