Saturday, February 19, 2011

The Touch of Relationship

No matter the genre, no matter the theme, all writing explores relationships. Human interactions are not only with other people, but with other creatures, and  even on occasion, an environment. Exposing these complex connections can create such gripping tales a reader loses a night's sleep. The power of relationships touches all of us.

Even simple relationships are complicated. If not, conflicts would never arise. But they do. Born with an instinctual drive for survival, and unavoidable mental responses like jealousy, individuals often twist regard to loathing, obsess over love, and lose sanity in the process. These reactions provide wonderful plots filled with calculated, horrific, situations. In reality, some situations take such strange turns they defy fiction’s capabilities.

In examining any relationship, an author often discovers danger, for human interactions embroil all that is good and bad in the collective psyche. Seen from the inside even outwardly perfect relationships often contain secrets, deceit, and drama.

It is a wonder that any relationship survives. However, each ever-so-imperfect human also contains the capacity for awe-inspiring love, forgiveness, and sacrifice. These raw, contradictory emotions and reactions to relationships encompass life and power the stuff of stories.

Crewkin now available


Charmaine Clancy said...

Good point, we think about our character's personality, but we need to consider how they interact with those around them.

Barbara Ehrentreu said...

Good examination of relationships, Rhobin.You're right about authors discovering danger in relationships that non-writers might not see. As I read some books I want to scream out to some of the characters to look further into their relationships. Or sometimes as in the book I am reading now, you find danger in a situation you thought was perfectly innocent. It turns the story around for me.

Rosalie Skinner said...

Rhobin, Crewkin is a wonderful example of an author achieving everything you mention in your post. Congratulations. The story grips the reader from beginning to end.

Rhobin said...

Thanks Charmaine, Barbara and Rosalie for your comments.

Rosalie, knowing someone enjoys my writing is particularly appreciated. Thank you.