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Behind the scenes, directors make a million choices: script, cast, costumes, feel of the show, lighting, blocking, sets, etc. But when the curtain goes up, the show appears to be the sum of one choice … whether or not to stage this particular show?

Choices assail us every day. Double whip frappuccino or unsweetened green tea? String the kids up by their ears or give them a kiss and let this crisis slide? Finish writing that novel we started or move on to something else? Curl up in despair or get up and try again?

I love to push the characters in my stories to the very edge of a serious choice then watch them squirm. It’s even more fun to have them make a few wrong choices, have catastrophe hit, and watch them struggle to right themselves.

A writer friend asked me, why the fascination with choices?

Good question. I guess it’s because I appreciate the freedom God has given us to choose. Part of me hates to get in trouble. I wish I could claim that this play-it-safe nature kept me from taking risks and making mistakes. But it doesn’t. Why? I have an even bigger streak of rebellion in me which has racked up a long list of POOR choices.

Funny thing, God’s been there through the good choices and the bad.

For the next few weeks, we’re going to learn how to up the tension in our stories by examining the choices the characters had to make in Reinventing Leona. 

I’ll be anxious to know what you think. Wade in there … if you so choose.

About lynnegentry

Wife. Mother. Writer. Acting Coach. Director of Dallas International Performing Arts Academy.
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6 Responses to CHOICES

  1. Donn says:

    In answer to your e-mail question: my life path was decided by a multitude of small choices by me and many big choices by our own and foreign governments. But through all, God’s choices prevailed.

  2. Lynne Gentry says:

    Interesting, Donn. What choices by the governments? Amazing that God’s choices are greater than the sum of any power, don’t you think?

  3. Choices make the world go ’round,.Oh, I think I got that song wrong. Life is full of choices, and I think that makes life interesting and our stories resonate with readers. Who hasn’t chosen poorly and then had to reap the consequences? Our books depend on people messing up. : ) also makes our characters true to life.

    Good post, Lynne.

  4. garmonjulie says:

    Great post, Lynne. Thanks for listening to me with my writing choices/decisions. You have the gift of encouragement (among so many others!).

    So grateful for your friendship!

  5. Lynne Gentry says:

    So true, Patty. Care to share a poor choice?

  6. Lynne Gentry says:

    Julie, you have choices to make. Kinda takes the pressure off when you know God can work through our wrong choices, doesn’t it?

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