Building Blocks (Contradictions in Daily Life)

If cold slaw is served cold, why is chili served hot? Yep, life is full of contradictions. Do your characters notice?

– Hot dogs pant; but not the wiener on your bun.
– The more you learn, the more you realize how little you know.
– Why do parents tell their youngins to slow down when they are eating fast food?
– The more available something is, the less you will want it.
– Do housewares stores sell coats and dresses for houses?
– The only certainty is that nothing is ever certain.
– Goofy talked; why not Pluto?

– How come the previously unknown job interviewer remembers seeing you spill coffee at the airport Starbucks?
– Why do we put suits in a garment bag and put garments in a suitcase?
– How many times do you press the remote car lock when you park the car and walk away?

Think about your ‘building blocks’; we can not write without them.


Building Blocks (Sayings)

Each of us is familiar with a ‘saying’; be it from our personal lives, or from something we have read. As writers, we should think about sayings that reinforce or purposely contradict the image of the person, place, or thing we place in our writing. For example, Bíonn chuile dhuine lách go dtéann bó ina gharraí: Everyone is sociable until a cow invades his garden!         Here are some interesting sayings:

– Guys are like stars, there are millions of them; but only one makes your dreams come true.

– Mirrors can’t talk; lucky for you they can’t laugh either.

– It’s like a deaf dog…it’s hard to call

Cuir síoda ar ghabhar ach is gabhar i gcónaí é: Dress a goat in silk and he still remains a goat.

-猿も木から落ちる: Even monkeys fall from trees.

À vaillant coeur rien d’impossible. (Jacques Cœur): “For a valiant heart nothing is impossible.”

A vaincre sans peril, on triomphe sans gloire. (Pierre Corneille): “To win without risk is a triumph without glory.”

Think about your ‘building blocks’; we can not write without them.

Building Blocks (Things we take for granted)

Background/picture painting items we note in our writing can invoke more than we might have intended. For example, a roadside billboard implies there is enough vehicular traffic to warrant the cost. Thus, mentioning the billboard during the daylight hours could possibly be contradictive: Standing next to the broken-down car, he was concerned because the road was not frequented by vehicular traffic. Thankfully, the large eatery billboard blocked the hot sun.

– Sitting in McD’s, she ate while jotting down ideas to influence the vegan lifestyle… (Maybe she was eating an unmentioned salad.)

– The constant noise from the nearby airport…

– It was fall, and he sat on the porch shaded by lofty elms, and thought…

– The tall church steeples…

– Standing in line next to the newspaper rack…

Think about your ‘building blocks’; we can not write without them.