Fig. to remain rational when under stress.
And much easier said than done. Think of one time you were in a stressful situation. As much as you wanted to, keeping it together was not happening. I’ve had my fair share of such days, and hope I’ve learned something in the process.
Exploring the dark side of our minds, by choice or not, is an exercise in attaining life experience. Hopefully we’ll emerge on the other side in one piece.
How This Pertains to the Story
Conflict is the lifeblood of a story. We like our lives peaceful, but we don’t want the same for our characters. At the same time, if the conflict doesn’t seem realistic, we lose an important connections with the reader, and that is trust.
In Stranger or Friend, there is one particular section where Zoe is attacked in the woods. I put her through the wringer, so to speak, after hopefully having built up to that moment and retaining the reader’s trust.
Here is a short snippet:
Frantic, she knew she had to keep it together, but someone was crushing her skull. A distant part of her was shoved to a bottom where she sunk into her own spit and blood.
Zoe struggled for a breath at the bottom of this pool, but darkness intruded. No sky, no trees, no way to tell which way was up.
Thank you for visiting, dear friend. Tomorrow’s post is Los Angeles, the place Zoe had escaped to before returning home, a city of suburbs and beaches and mountains and valleys, and so much more. A place we simply call: Home. See you soon.