Wednesday, March 03, 2010
It's Called Life - Francis Ray
Your day can be going beautifully and then stuff happens to ruin it. A disaster to some is just an imposition to others. The way you look at life's unavoidable curve balls depends on your mind-set, support group and, let's face it, finances. A flat tire can ruin one person's day and yet to another person it's just a minor inconvenience. But what brought each to that particular point?
We've all heard and read about being positive, about the law of attraction, about how a positive attitude has a way of making the day and life better. Scientists and health authorities go even further and say it will lengthen your life span. Stress affects the body in a negative way so we get that. So, given these facts, why isn't the world happier? I can hear you rolling off reasons, but what if - in spite of all the things that we see as problems - we'd look at as opportunities? And yes, I read those words somewhere, but they make sense.
Our grandmothers and mothers were right when they kept telling us that worrying wouldn't help. Yet, acquiring and maintaining a positive outlook takes a sustained effort. I know, I've been working on it for a long time but "life" gets in the way. But I plan to keep trying.
When we write about this 'stuff' happening to our characters, we eventually find a way for them to work through it and come out a better person. I test my characters ruthlessly to ensure that by the end of the book they've grown and can withstand anything life throws at them. But I have to remember they can do so because of the "stuff in life" that happened to them.
In my latest book, IF YOU WERE MY MAN, Rafael Dunlap, is handsome, charming and unaware that he is carrying baggage. Nathalyia Fontaine is aware of her baggage and has absolutely no idea how to deal with it. They're on a collision course to find out about life and "stuff."
Ray, a prolific storyteller
New York Times/USA Today
Posted by Lee Hyat at 1:03 AM