Some of you reading this might know that I'm currently undertaking the A-Z Blogging Challenge and today Day 4 is the letter D. As it is almost 9 pm and I've had a day of it, including interviewing staff, management meetings and friends dropping by this evening, D almost became Desperately trying to write this Darn post! However instead I've decided to take a visit to the dark side. Would you like to join me?
It seems that we have a fascination for the darker side of life. Book shops are filled with fictional tales of murder and mayhem and stories of people who've had their hearts broken in one way or another. Often in such books, we want to see good overcome evil. We want to see the killer get their just desserts and we want to see the broken main character find happiness with someone new. A lot of times that happens and sometimes it doesn't. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is in my opinion a good example of this - a portrayal of two dark main characters and no Hollywood happy ending. (Sorry perhaps I should have put a spoiler alert ahead of this post). But I loved this book and the threatening nature of both characters and how their lives interweave.
Since I've been writing, I've also come to embrace this darker side. In life I'm a pretty positive and upbeat person. In fact I've even chosen to be a Coach in my professional life, a role that encourages, supports and helps others to achieve what's important to them. And yet often when I sit down to write a short story, it's the dark side that comes to the fore and shows itself. I've laughed with others in my writing group that perhaps it's life's natural way of balancing things out. I've got to let some of these darker emotions out and so they appear on paper.
Do you embrace your dark side in your writing or does it scare you to go there? I'd love to hear from you and find out your thoughts on this subject. Let me know how you feel.
And now I shall bid you goodnight and sweet dreams...