Try Something New

A year ago last March, I moved house. After the dust settled from that move, I did something I had never done before. I took a yoga class. A month or so after that, I tried yoga in the park. A few weeks ago, I tried something else new — Yoga Nidra. It’s a meditation technique where you try to achieve a conscious sleep. I enjoy yoga, but that’s not the point. The point is that I tried something new. Doing something new can be an adventure. It can also be fun.

As writers, we should have our characters try doing something that they have never done before. Have them do a wine tasting — yet another first for me a week or so ago. Have them try sky diving or scuba diving. Have them sign up for their first marathon. Have them do something that you would like to do. Then go out and do it yourself so that you can describe it. That will add detail to the fabric of your story. Just add it into your story in an appropriate place and let the characters try something new.

They don’t have to do anything exotic, just something that they have never done before, like a painting class or yoga. Have them try a new restaurant or eat something they’ve never had before. Their reactions to the new experience is an excellent way to show who they are as characters. You can make your characters come alive with those reactions. That’s the point of having your characters do something new. The more your characters do, the more real they appear.

Firsts, like these examples are a good way to build believable characters. If you show someone just going about their daily lives, it can make them feel flat. So throw something new to your characters. See how they react. Have them choose to do something different. Then weave that into their story. Let them experience a whole new adventure. Let them savor the new experience. Then throw a plot twist at them. It will make your readers sit up and take notice.

It’s a good idea to try new things yourself, not just have your characters do it. Doing something completely different shakes up your routine and gives you a different perspective. It’s exhilarating. OK, maybe not exhilarating, but it can be fun and what’s life without a little fun? So take your characters out and do something new and fun. Your writing — and your life— will be richer for it.

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I am not one who is comfortable talking about myself but here goes. I enjoy writing, family history, and reading. I decided to do this blog because I wanted to try something new. I decided to make it a weekly blog because I wasn't sure that I could keep up with a daily one, and monthly seemed like I was writing a magazine. I think I did ok with my choices. You'll notice that there are not a lot of graphics on my site. That's because there are graphics plastered everywhere on the Internet and those sites sometimes take forever to load. This blog is a place where you can kick back, relax and be ready to be amused. At least I hope I willbamuse you. This blog is on a variety of subjects from my ficitional cat agency, the FFL, which is monthly, to instructional blogs to editorials, which are my opinions only. I admit that I don't know everything and could be wrong -- I frequently am. Now, stop reading about me and read what I have to say!

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