Conundrums by Liza O’Connor
From Christina: Leave it to Liza to start throwing big words around. Like conundrums. Not one conundrum, but two! Enjoy her posts.
Today, I share how I deal with two writing conundrums:
1. HOW TO CHANGE A BAD BOY INTO A GOOD BOY CHARACTER
Normally, I don’t think people can fundamentally change on a long term basis. They may improve their behavior for a short while to reconcile, but in time they will return to the person they were before. However, there is an exception to that rule. If a person is broken to their core, if they hate what they’ve become and would rather die than continue on their path, then they have the ability to fundamental alter who they are.
Most people will fail in truly changing because they don’t think they are as horrible as others perceive them. But Trent saw himself through Carrie’s eyes the fateful day in the limo and it broke him to the core.
Never has there been a man more open to changing. He gives away all his possessions and most of his money; he practices kindness and generosity, by channeling Carrie, and he loves people for who they are, rather than what they can do for him.
I’m fascinated by the man he becomes and how differently people perceive him now. It constantly amazes him how a man previously thought to be an idiot is now thought to be a ‘fast study.’ But when people like you, they are far more likely to see the best in you, listen to your advice and agree with your perspective.
Trent has been starved for positive feedback all his life. Once he taps into the power of positive thinking and the focus of helping others, he becomes a man everyone in the small town loves. This heals his childhood wounds of never being good enough to love. Finally, he can get beyond his past and become a man, instead of an angry child in a man’s body.
This isn’t to say his life is all roses. Sadly, the woman he has fallen in love with is his brother’s girlfriend. It doesn’t matter that she loves him in return. Trent will never betray Sam, so his second chance of love can never be.
Or so he thinks.
2. THE DANGER OF MAKING FICTION LIKE REAL LIFE:
It might be called ‘Over the Top.’
When Trent needed a new city to live in, I relocated him to Iowa because they recently passed a law allowing blind people to carry and discharge guns in public. They don’t even require permits for rifles.
So the heroine’s blind gramps exercises his constitutional rights by shooting an AK 47 rifle at pigeons. The mayor forbids the sheriff to intervene because he doesn’t want the town sued for infringing on the old man’s rights.
And here is where I get myself in trouble.
Think about it. The old man is blind. The only direction he can ‘safely’ aim to kill pigeons is skyward. Let’s say a few bullets hit a pigeon, but most of the bullets travel upward, discover the theory of gravity and come back down. If you’ve even been caught outside in a hail storm, you’ll understand just how terrifying falling lead bullets would be.
And that’s when I’ll get hit with an Over the Top violation. But I ask you, where are the bullets going to go? They don’t just freeze in mid-air when they miss their target. No, for normal hunters they keep traveling until they hit a tree, a hiker, some poor animal….or until gravity pulls them to the ground where they hit a mole, munching on a root, two inches underground. (Talk about bad luck!). But the blind are…well, blind, so the only ‘safe’ direction they can aim is UP. And you know the saying. What goes up…
So do I remove the scene because it’s going to get hit with an Over the Top Violation? Hell. No. It passed the Crazy but Real test, and it enables Trent to become a hero on his first day in town when he convinces the old man to stop raining lead bullets upon the good citizens of Denton.
So I’m keeping it!
If you want me to behave, make the REAL world behave. I’m not behaving until it does.
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Tomorrow, Liza shares a few excerpts!
Until then, here’s another little “snippet” to enjoy.