Many of you are not going to be working on your writing today, either because relatives have descended on your house, or because you are in the process of visiting someone else.
But, if you are on a mobile device, and browsing WordPress, I shall now give you a tidbit of writing advice that will make your upcoming feast a potential goldmine of character studies.
People want things from each other on holidays; Thanksgiving in particular is a field day for abusers, who are either holding their relatives hostage at the table in the name of “family” and “tradition,” or are torturing their hosting relatives by being aggravating and dissatisfied houseguests.
Here is how you will improve your novel today:
Every time tensions rise between people in the gathering you are present at, study the players. Identify the aggressor, and the victim; abusers always choose the most vulnerable person to start their drama. Find the aggressor, and then study the people closest to that aggressor. Somewhere near the aggressor, you will find another person who is being very quiet, and/or attempting, ineffectually, to keep the peace.
This quiet person is the enabler.
I want you to watch the enabler very closely all day, and identify the almost-untraceable ways in which he/she is managing and directing the anger and disruption of the abuser.
At the end of today, you will have a deeper understand of human nature, of corruption in relationships, and of power.
When you go back to your novel, study your characters. Find your aggressive character; this can be the antagonist, or a minor character who continually makes problems.
Now look around that aggressor, until you have located a very quiet person, and write down that aggressor’s enabler.
If you do this, your fiction will be head and shoulders above every single thing in the market today.