Tuesday, February 26, 2013

What writers can learn from Jennifer Lawrence's trip up the stairs

It's okay to be human.

Look at poor Jennifer Lawrence -- she tripped while going to receive her Oscar for best actress. Being the professional she is, she recovered immediately and even made light of her predicament saying,"You guys are just standing up because you feel bad that I fell, and that's really embarrassing, but thank you." 

I could relate to Jennifer. I've been known to "test gravity" myself on occasion.

Honestly, I think her oops moment only served to make her more endearing. She was relatable. Who hasn't tripped and tried to make a graceful recovery?

Here's where this ties in to writing: perfect characters have imperfections. Whether they're good or bad,  the characters we create must be relatable. We like less-than-perfect people and we relate to them.

So the next time you're creating a character be sure to rub some of the polish off. Make them ordinary, and give them some minor flaws. Let them act like real people who sometimes trip or spill a drink or walk into the kitchen and forget what they're there for.

And also, if you haven't seen the movie that Ms. Lawrence was in, Silver Linings Playbook, go see it! It was one of the most satisfying movies I've seen in a long, long time.

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