Well this is my first Thursday’s Children on my new blog and it’s another chance for me to tell you what inspires my writing. Hmm…various things I guess, one of which I shared last week. So this week I want to talk about what has inspired my current WIP. This WIP is partly to do with my main character, Anna, going to a school reunion and having to face the bullies who made her life hell while she was at school.
I didn’t enjoy school , so I know what my character’s going through. Growing up isn’t easy for anyone, and it’s especially hard if you have zero self confidence. My character Anna has changed an awful lot since her school days. She’s blossomed from a dumpy teen into a beautiful thirty something woman, with a successful career as – would you believe – an author. Her self confidence is much greater now she’s an adult. I guess it’s similar to my own story as I suffered a great deal from a lack of self confidence, particularly in my teens. It doesn’t help that girls can be very catty when they want to be and the same is even more true of teenage girls. They can make each other’s lives difficult. This is something that my story deals with. Having said that some of the bullies in my story are male, so that’s interesting to me too.
The story I’m telling, whilst not about teenagers, does have plenty of flashbacks to Anna’s past and her experiences at school. Our childhood and teenage years shape us into the people we become as adults and that’s what I’m drawing on in this story. I’ve often imagined going back to my secondary school and seeing my old classmates as they are now, what they would look like years later, how they might have changed. That was one of the main ideas for the story: what happens when someone revists their past. I’m also thinking about the ramifications of that; what the effect of the reunion is on Anna and her friends. I’m developing my character: how does she change as a person as a result of meeting people from her past?
What are your thoughts on how people are shaped by their school days?
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