Friday, April 11, 2014
Can You Juggle?
I never did learn to juggle three oranges because I didn't start off the right way, learning slowly.
How can you juggle slowly? Isn't there a law of physics that all objects fall at the same rate?
Like English, there are exceptions to every rule.
Would-be jugglers learn with scarves which float and descend slowly through the air, giving the student time to learn the movements necessary to keep the scarves alternating in perfect motion. The student then moves on to larger and larger objects.
It's like that with writing--juggling different storylines or entire novels. Or reading--when you have several half read novels on your nightstand; you have to start slowly and build.
Characters should juggle--no one's life is a series of issues, one after the other in a nice, neat orderly progression, making it easy for them to deal with each situation as it arises. Sometimes things happen all at once, or are a series of events with a break in between.
In literature or real life, we're all jugglers.