Three Ways to Make the Most of Major Life Events in a Story →
#Three Ways to Make the Most of Major Life Events in a Story
What is a wedding if not organised drama? All the elaborate dresses, gifts, food and music, not to mention the unseen family politics, just to witness two people swap two words! We do it because it works, it’s a great show. Where else can you get a hundred people to laugh, cry and celebrate in one afternoon?
Organising the drama
Sometimes as writers we want to bring a lot of characters together on the page for an important event like a wedding or a birthday party, a ball, a fight scene—in fact your story could hinge on these plot high points or set pieces. However, it does take a little planning. Using the example of the wedding, let’s see how it could play out.
Three ways to use major life events in your story
Happy Birthday, Elizabeth Montagu, born 2 October 1718, died 25 August 1800
- I endeavour to be wise when I cannot be merry, easy when I cannot be glad, content with what cannot be mended and patient when there be no redress.
- I never invite idiots to my house.
- Wit in women is apt to have bad consequences; like a sword without a scabbard, it wounds the wearer and provokes assailants.
- Any wife will save you from purgatory, and a diligent one will secure heaven to you.
- Few people know anything of the English history but what they learn from Shakespeare; for our story is rather a tissue of personal adventures and catastrophes than a series of political events.
Montagu was a British social reformer, patron of the arts, literary critic, and writer. She helped organise and lead the bluestocking society. She is the author of An Essay on the Writings and Genius of Shakespeare .
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