Are You Curious?

Let’s see, when we think of curiosity, we lean toward the saying curiosity killed the cat, or venture into thoughts of Pandora’s box. Eeeeek!

You should be cuz our next topic is…

Curiosity.

Let’s see, when we think of curiosity, we lean toward the saying curiosity killed the cat, or venture into thoughts of Pandora’s box.

With those two tales, why would we ever follow through with our curiosity in anyway? Geesh.

Okay, okay, it ain’t all bad. Sometimes it’s as simple as wanting to know the answer to a question. It doesn’t, and in most cases isn’t gonna hurt you. Hopefully. Sometimes it is simply a case of being a busybody, nosy, or a snoop. These people can open the pathway to rumors and gossip.

No one likes a snoop, but if you want to peek in my snack cabinet, I give my permission. I guess that means you aren’t a snoop if I allow it. Hmmm…details are important. Come on, let’s go fill those dry cuppas and grab a nibble. I am snacking on kettle corn and, of course, coffee. Caramel coffee to be exact. Yum! Meet us out on the reading rug with your yummies and your copy of Creating Character Emotions by Ann Hood.

So, are you curious?

Ann Hood believes that when people venture into the acts listed above it is in essence an emotion. The emotion of WHY. Remember when you or your child was very young, and the questions were a constant? I swear my girls could ask 400 questions in a row while barely taking a breath. Put yourself back in your kid shoes.

You asked why. Because you were, dum dum duuuuuum, curious. We, as kinda sorta, adults can be as curious as a child. The difference is we have a way to find out the answers without asking questions. This can be a good and bad thing. If you don’t get all the answers your understanding will be lacking. This is how misinformation is spread. RUMORS.

“Okay, Ticia, but how do we write that?”

I am so glad you asked. **Clears throat** This is a case of misinformation. It could also be a case of a character telling a known gossip a lie they want spread about another.

“So-and-So was seen out with So-and-So who is supposed to be dating So-and-So…”

And so, begins the story of correcting a lie spread by a jealous character.

Another way curiosity can be written well is in the form of journalism. They are paid to be inquisitive. Who, what, where, why, and when. Ask yourself these questions as you move through your novel. Why did your character do this? What is their motivation? Where did they get their information? Who are they trying to hurt/ snare? When will it all come to a head?

Exercises:

  1. Write one of those child filled conversations laden with whys. Remember that answers need to be given to only be followed by another why.
  2. Choose a big, like, huge topic. Death, divorce, where do babies come from kinda talks. Now, find a way to take that topic and write it using a metaphor. Good luck.
  3. Part of curiosity is discovery. Write about that moment. Ex: A girl wonders about her boyfriends true feelings for her. She pokes around his cellphone, backpack, or bedroom to find answers. What is the answer? Remember to follow the emotions as the discovery is made.

Have fun with it!

Until next time…

Please remember that I am not trying to write this book for you word for word. I am skipping a lot of detail. I highly suggest you purchase the book and read between the lines.

Polish your sparkle and keep twirling.

Find joy. Be joy. Enjoy.

I’m always looking for new friends!

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Author: Ticia Rani

I am...interesting. I am a writer, dreamer, mom, wife, veteran, friend, villain, and the wearer of many hats, but I don't look good in hats- go figure. I LOVE TO WRITE. I want to tell stories. I want to make you laugh, cry, and scare the crap out of you, and make you ask "why the hell did you do that?" I want to make you cheer my characters on or want to shake the crap out of them for things they say and/or do. I want to bring you along for the ride. Ready? Set?...READ!!!

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