A to Z Challenge 2013

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Karma

I'm a firm believe in the idea of "what comes around, goes around".  It might have something to do with my Dad saying it all the time, but that's not the only reason.  I've seen too many examples of people getting what they deserve and I've also seen (in my own life) examples of good deeds eventually being rewarded.

Now you can call it whatever you like but karma seems to fit.  I can hear the unasked question - what does this have to do with writing?  Well, since I see examples of karma all around me, I also see the use of karma in my writing as essential.  And if I write it effectively, the reader might be hoping and praying that the story will swing a certain way.  If I am able to take them to that event (without dragging it out too much), I can provide my readers with a satisfying experience.

Take for example, that bad guy who seems to get away with his crimes over and over.  You're reading along and you are really starting to hate this guy.  When he finally does get caught, you're almost cheering.  If the way in which he is caught (or dealt with) matches the depth of his evil, you as a reader really feel satisfied.  Call it justice or call it karma; either way, it's an essential part of restoring some sense of balance to the story.

Do you think about karma (or some equivalent) as you write your stories?

5 comments:

Travis Erwin said...

Karma is huge in my writing. Like you I believe in it and as a writer I like to reinforce those beliefs with my plots and characters.

Joseph said...

Eric,

Karma is an interesting word choice for the writer's palette. I agree that the evil character must meet his/her demise in a satisfactory way. Breaking his/her neck after falling on a banana peel does not suffice.

Misha Gericke said...

Mmm... I don't really think about Karma per se, but choices definitely have repercussions.

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Eric said...

Travis - Now I can't wait to see how you use it in your new book.

Joseph - I completely agree. The consequences of actions must match the deeds done. I really hate when stories (or movies for that matter) make it too easy or convenient.

Misha - I would definitely agree with that. I still call it karma, but it's all the same idea.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Eric ... I don't use karma - occasionally yes.

However I think of the Boy George song karma chameleon ... probably not spelt correctly! But someone who is musically challenged - this song does pop up!!

Cheers Hilary