"If there's not drama and negativity in my life, all my songs will be really wack and boring or something." -Eminem
While it seems that peace and contentment can be just as inspiring as sorrow, I also can't deny the impact of a novel, a painting, or a movie that's been inspired by a painful experience.
So, because I'm pretty sensitive, I'm realizing that one of the best ways for me to deal with the negative things that negative people say is to use these people as characters in my stories.
Is that terrible? Gosh, I hope not. I hope it's actually, on some level, a kindness to the person who uttered the disturbing statement that I'm trying to understand this person and their negative POV instead of cast them off completely-right? Or maybe I'm just holding a grudge.
Anyway, here are a few negative statements that echoed in my head for quite a bit when I first heard them and that I've now decided will appear somewhere within The South Louisiana High book series:
- I'm riding shotgun in a friend's vehicle and we're talking about how people are classified as "good" and "evil" and I'm questioning how we can ever really know if a person is ultimately good or evil blabbady blah blah...as we approach a red-light at an intersection, my friend turns to me and points to the many passing cars.
This statement bothered me because, though my friend is intelligent and very kind-hearted, her opinion of people who are in any way different from her (in religion, race, habits, etc...) is pretty skewed.
- A friend looks at a short film I've made as a graduation gift for him and says nothing. A week later, after still not having heard a word from him about it, I'm within earshot when I hear him, talking about the video, tell someone, "She should keep her dayjob."
Yeah, that one hurt. A lot. But, here's the good part- I think it'll really work well in a South Louisiana High story because one of the SLH characters is a kid who is obsessed with film and wants to be a director, so it'll be easy to slip in a character who reacts negatively to one of her film projects. : )
As I write this, I realize that this entire post comes from:
A. My need to vent about the stuff that bothers me (A.K.A.: the stuff that I try to pretend doesn't bother me all that much) &
B. Attempting to find a way to work through it.
So, enough about me- what about you? What kinds of conversations from everyday life do you include in your stories? Also, do you write about the negative things people say as a therapeutic way of working through their comments?
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