Questions 3: Adding to the Drama

Well, I guess I was in a mood when I marked this topic for today.  Perhaps I was thinking about writing drama, but the picture I grabbed seems to be something else.  Nothing to do, but carry on.  I mean, we all deal with drama to some extent.  Even those who swear that they don’t.  Seriously, they’re either in it, watching it, starting it, or pretending that it isn’t around.  Life is drama!  Can be as small as the dramatic decision to get out of bed, but it’s there.  I think the term has been labeled with so much negativity that we can’t see it as anything else too.  There can be good drama if it’s entertaining or leads to a happy event of some kind.  Instead, we seem to use drama as a simple way of saying ‘starting shit’.  Let’s get to the questions.

  1. How do you handle drama?
  2. Do you think every story needs some drama?
  3. Do you feel sorry for the word ‘drama’ because of its new negative connotation?

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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10 Responses to Questions 3: Adding to the Drama

  1. L. Marie says:

    1. How do you handle drama?
    I guess it depends on what you mean by drama. Relationships or other conflicts in life or in fiction? In life, I try to handle it through prayer and the wise counsel of trusted people. But that doesn’t mean I don’t get caught up in stuff and never yell at anyone. I’m human ! In fiction, conflict of some sort is inevitable, especially if your characters have personalities that attract drama. I tend to mostly avoid writing tabloidy, reality TV-show kind of drama because I don’t have the energy or interest in that. But I have written the odd love triangle here or there because that aspect fit the characters.
    2. Do you think every story needs some drama?
    Every story needs conflict of some sort. It depends on what you have the interest and energy to write. I can’t help thinking of movies like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, which are high drama. While I wouldn’t write this kind of movie, I can’t help loving it.
    3. Do you feel sorry for the word ‘drama’ because of its new negative connotation?
    I don’t tend to use that word much. 😀 In Shakespeare’s day, it had a better connotation.

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    • 1. This is entirely about drama in fiction. It is interesting how drama seems to revolve primarily around romantic relationships. I think friends and parent/child come in close second and third.

      2. Good point. It might just come down to how much a person connects drama to conflict.

      3. Shakespeare definitely had it easier in this way. That and he could make up a lot of words and phrases without people getting upset on the Internet.

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  2. 1. I handle fiction drama much like I do in real life I get it out there and then dissipated as soon as possible.
    2. I do not think every story needs some drama. I think when you have a story with people interacting, drama will come up. If your story is something else no need to create drama.
    3. I do feel sorry for the word. Drama. In the classic sense, drama’s were not comedies but still entertainment. Now when you hear the word, you more or less tense up anticipating the worst.

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  3. In the context of fiction writing, there is no story without drama. Something has to keep the reader’s interest. That said, I often find myself being too easy on my characters, letting them out of the dramatic confrontations. Then in second drafts I go back and make them face whatever it is. Because if I skip the parts that are hard on my characters, the readers will feel let down.

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  4. I handle drama by lacing up my boots and forging ahead with life. I feel like every book needs some drama, since the opposing word is comedy. Melodrama, on the other hand doesn’t really have a place. I feel sorry for the word drama. It seems to be misinterpreted as something new that doesn’t fit my answer to the second question.

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