Frustrating Fiction

The hardest part (for me) about writing fiction is that it is a very lonely process. The current project I am working on has been on paper for about a year and in my brain for about a year and one day. During that time I have lived with these characters and seen them grow. I have seen them learn under strenuous circumstances while clinging to their previous lives – and through all of that, I am basically the same person.

It’s frustrating to know that I can so easily let these complex and problem ridden characters learn lessons but hold on to themselves in the process while I am constantly standing still, afraid to move forward in any direction.

Ya know? Either way I feel better now so…go me.

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Perceived Flawlessness: An Absolute Curse

I’m not saying I’m the one who is flawless. I’m literally laughing out loud at the thought. I’m LOLing…I assure you I just LOLed.

No, I’m talking about peoples view of celebrities – and at the moment the best example is the insane fandom that Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence is getting. People either claim she is flawless or fat, there is no in the middle. The middle is a boring area that us real people live within. The celebrity world, to us, is full of extremes that we must needlessly magnify with blog posts and gifs.

When someone claims something or someone is flawless it makes me cringe. In my eyes, your flaws are what makes you the person you are. Every single thing you don’t like about yourself and every little detail the world perceives to be wrong with you can be the catalysts for your entire character arch.Now I’m talking as if we are all players and all the world is our stage. (What up Shakespeare)

Some of the best stories have characters who are perceived to be perfect just as the world learns of their flaws. They subsequently become a social pariah and then through internal development, the prove themselves to be worth it; not to the rest of the world, but to themselves.

We want to live in this fantasy land where celebrity is something to strive for – because status is everything and we are all just playing the game. But I guarantee you, if you ask people like Jennifer Lawrence or Emma Watson etc if they are flawless, they will laugh in your face, and rightfully so.

My favorite people take their flaws and turn them back on the world. They use every advantage they can bestow upon themselves. If this life is a game and we are all players, flawlessness is not victory. Victory is being awesome, even with the long list of problems you might have. Because everyone has problems – but only some people have the charisma and moxie to laugh them off and live.