Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Hump Day Hide-n-Seek

Everybody hides from something. Work, their feelings, another person, responsibility...you name it, somebody is hiding from it.

Photo courtesy of my Darling Daughter.
Right now, for instance, I'm hiding from the vacuum cleaner. And the snow shovel. (Oh, and my skinny jeans. I hope like heck they won't find me before this winter eases up and lets me get back to my walking routine. On a related note, I'm also hiding from ice cream. And succeeding about as well as my camel buddy above.) 

I was thinking about this the other day while I was writing. Characters hide, too, don't they? From their emotions, from other characters, from the bad guys. Pretty much from the same things real people hide from. As with real people, some of them are better at it than others. And therein lies a good source of conflict. Fiction falls flat without conflict. Anything that provides it is a good addition to a writer's toolbox, so hooray for hiding!

Okay, 'fess up. What are you hiding from? Do tell!* 

For the writers among you, are your characters hiding from anything?


*Unless it's from me. Then just make some sh!t up instead. 


12 comments:

Carol Kilgore said...

I'm hiding from that camel :)

Diane Henders said...

I'd tell you, but then I'd have to kill you... ;-)

J.L. Murphey said...

Everyone. lol
Don't you just love it when a baby covers its face and thinks you can't see them?

Anne Gallagher said...

I'm hiding from the housework. As usual.

Kari Lynn Dell said...

My character is hiding from me, damn her hide.

Patsy said...

I'm hiding from the rain. My characters are hiding from me.

Pearson Report said...

I've spent most of my life hiding from reality and dare I say… I'm damn successful! (wished we could add audio - I'm cackling like a crazed old broad!)

Gotta love that camel!

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

The pic of the camel is adorable. (Your daughter is a real sweetie to have taken those photos for you.)

Me? I'm hiding from the fearsome dust bunnies. I'm either gonna have to clean 'em... or name them.

LD Masterson said...

I'm hiding from my characters. Or they're hiding from me, I'm not sure which. There needs to be some editing going on here but none of us are cooperating.

Judy, Judy, Judy said...

I'm hiding from my work not in progress.

Dawn@Lighten Up! said...

I'm hiding from outside. Until it warms up about 30 degrees. Will this winter EVER end, Linda?

Aurelia Blue said...

Lol. Some days my characters hide from me.