Add depth to your character exchanges
A way for you to create stories is to remember events in your childhood that you had questions come up around. The following is an example:
A saying I heard from my grandma often keeps coming up as I read through Psalms and Proverbs.
At a young age, I would ask her why people were so mean. Do Good Unto Evil was usually her response. Do Good Unto Evil? It was NOT the answer I thought she would give or I was hoping for, and if I was sincere, it frustrated the heck out of me!
I guess a little part of me was hoping;
A.) She would put a stop to someone who was not being nice to me.
B.) She would permit me to be mean back or teach me how to “get back” at them myself.
Now I see, the healthiest way to deal with most conflict situations is to be firm and kind. It is not easy, and I don’t always accomplish this, but losing my temper and saying hurtful things has never really made me feel better in the long run.
1.) We have no idea what the other person is going through.
2.) We can’t always assume it is about us.
3.) To think about how I would like someone to show me a little mercy or grace when they feel I’ve wronged them. I assure you, I would never intentionally want to bring hurt or harm to anyone. If there is a way for me to right a wrong, that is the option I will choose.
It is not for us to take revenge or make final judgments against people. Only God can do that. He assures us repeatedly in scripture that If we Trust in Him and Love Each other, that He will take care of our enemies that rise against us. And He will reward us for Speaking words of Life and serving Him.
We have an awesome God that protects us from the Hatred in our hearts by allowing us to let Him handle the dirty work!
Proverbs 25: 21 “ If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.
Proverbs 25: 22 In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you.”
How could you use this type of event to add to your story or the content of a book you are writing?
Could your character have other events they could add?
What other questions could you use from past events?
Could your story be built around these types of questions?
These life events can be used in fiction and non-fiction to add depth to your character exchanges. They are timeless.