Antidote to Arrogance
Contributor
Written by
Lauren B. Davis
August 2010
Contributor
Written by
Lauren B. Davis
August 2010
Once a week, I teach creative writing in a correctional facility for men. We meet in a classroom on the lower floor of the prison, which one gets to by negotiating the usual labyrinth of corridors, past armed 'threshold guardians' of various sorts, descending flights of stairs going down, down, down, and a number of clanging gates. The classroom has a noisy window air conditioner - a GREAT luxury in this place -- a clutter of locked cabinets and battered chairs with built-in writing shelves that look far too small for many of the big-footed, hulking men who must fit into them. (I always forget how SHORT I am, until the end of the class and they all stand up!)

This is NOT my classroom... then again, it kinda is Last week, we talked about conflict in fiction, and about how, sometimes, what's stopping us from getting what we want is, ... well... us. We were talking about the kinds of flaws our characters might have, and I suggested writers might want to take a look at the seven deadly sins: lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride. The issue of pride generated some discussion. "You have to have pride," someone said. "You don't have pride, you don't have anything." TO READ THE REST OF THIS POST, PLEASE GO TO MY BLOG. THANKS.

Let's be friends

The Women Behind She Writes

519 articles
12 articles

Featured Members (7)

123 articles
392 articles
54 articles
60 articles

Featured Groups (7)

Trending Articles

Comments
No comments yet