“Does a Holiday Signify a Deep Emotion for Your Main Character?” by Joan Y. Edwards
Many people have trouble revisiting a holiday that was tragic in their minds. It reminds them of the death of a person or relationship. It reminds them of a harrowing experience that they do not want to repeat. They might even fear doing something on a particular holiday. In your stories, does a holiday signify a deep emotion for your main character?
Could the holiday in the story parallel a significant change in the main character? Last year Christmas was devastating. At the end of your story, it could be joyous. You can fill in scenes to show the changes explaining how and why.
Here are a few holidays and conflicting emotions for each. It’s entirely possible that your main character feels conflicting emotions for a holiday.
Happy to be a year older
Dreading being a year older
Joy and surprise
Death of someone in the military
Achievements in liberty and justice for those persecuted
Gratitude for food, family, and friends
Anger at not enough food, family, or friends.
Birth of Christ
Abundance of Gifts
Frustration and loss of gifts
New Year’s Day
A New Beginning
Fourth of July
Gratitude for sacrifice for justice and freedom and freedom fighters and their families
Hot dogs, baseball games, fireworks
I didn’t name all the holidays. There are many, many more. I hope this helps you add emotional depth to your characters. Adding emotional depth with holidays is a way your readers can relate to your main character. When readers relate to your main character, they read to the end and want more.
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Joan Y. Edwards
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