Portray the Pain of the Past

How you portray the pain of the past matters.

“In his limited experience, it seemed that the world was populated by two kinds of people; the many who added to the world’s pain, the few who took away from it. He wanted to be one of those few who took pain away, in spite of the fact that he had known only the other kind.”

— Borden Deal from his novel “The Tobacco Men” (1965).

The pain of the past was no accident…
The scars remind us; we grow stronger with lessons learned.

How a writer responds to the pains in life defines the authenticity of the characters in his or her stories. We all have imperfect pasts and relationships from which to draw upon. Don’t hide from your past, allow your characters to help you move beyond its grasp.

T. M. Brown