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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Shaping your Characters

I attended ORA on Saturday. Brenda Minton was the speaker. Her presentation was great. She is a charismatic speaker. She reminded us of many things we already knew and gave new information about markets. No matter how many conferences and meetings you attend, you always come away with something new. Brenda's comment about characters was my 'something new'.

She said your characters have a backstory. Their experiences in the past shape their view of present experiences. What a difference that makes in shaping characters in your stories. Everyone looks at things differently. Your hero or heroine will look at things differently, your minor characters will look at things differently than your hero and heroine. Forget that your characters are 'just like you'! They are not. Their backstory causes them to see and think and act differently.

The statement came to me again on Sunday morning as I began teaching a Bible Study Class of ladies my own age and older. Everyone of us had difference lives. Some were married, some widowed, some never married. Some had been seriously ill. Some had a background of Bible study. Others did not. Each person had a different view point of the Scripture I was about to teach. If I can remember that as I prepare to teach again, hopefully my teaching will be more meaningful to all.

1 comment:

Shirley said...

Pat, I enjoyed seeing your Bible Study book yesterday. Thanks for sharing. You do awesome work.

Have you ever thought of writing a Bible-related book for children?

My granddaughter asks me all the time where Jesus is. I try to explain to her that He's everywhere. Not sure she gets it.