Matters of the heart were on my list of priorities this week. Little One had her six month check-up with the cardiologist this week. She sat quietly through an EKG, an echocardiogram, and being hooked up to her heart monitor that she’d wear for 24 hours. It looks like we’ll be good for another 6 months as long as the monitor tests come back without anything new. God has blessed as with such watchful doctors, I know we are in good hands. Little One commented, “My heart doesn’t hurt Mom, does yours?”
The question made me think of things that does make my heart hurt. The list is longer than I’d like it to be, but we don’t live in a perfect world, so there will always be something that pains us. Something that gets our tempers riled or saddens us.
James Scott Bell wrote in his book Plot & Structure that one way to write a “story packed with emotion and dramatic possibilities” is to find issues that you care about, that press our “hot buttons”.
This led me to look over my current plot outline and see if there was anything that caused my blood to boil. There wasn’t anything too dramatic so I started playing with ideas. Sure enough I came up with a new element that I could put into my story to help bring out the drama.
So how about you, do you like to write about things that press your buttons or do you stay clear of issues that might seem too controversial?