This little mini-series about trigger words will pause with this third word: hope. On the surface, many writers might overlook this four letter word, considering the concept it embodies to be passive—an ingredient that leaves little (or no) flavor in an excellent piece of writing. However, I ask you to take another look at the word; open your writer’s imagination and consider the following points.
For the writer who wants to dig deep into their characters and the situations they are being placed into, the depth of definition behind this word, HOPE, can take you millions of miles. As found in our dictionaries, this noun can also be used as a verb. I’m not suggesting that the word (hope) itself be overused; however, its multi-level meanings have the potential to build deeply impactful characters, scenes and scenarios.
Hope embodies all of the emotional spectrums; it can become the antonym to any negative emotion.
When something your character has dreamed about for their entire lives seems totally out of the realm of possibility—the feeling of hope can reside within allowing the author to dig a very deep hole of despair until just the right moment. Then—success!
If a character is ill, or physically challenged, there resides within the human spirit a hope DNA (if you can imagine that), that many in the medical profession today have come to accept and actually rely on as part of treatment plans. Raising expectations increases physical ability—as witnessed during extreme conditions when one character is trapped under a huge boulder and “the hero” is able to move it. Knowing this is actually possible “in real life” gives authors lots of examples to draw from.
Are you developing one of your characters with a total lack of trust—in anything? Again, that hope DNA can be a big factor is creating a surprise ending that will not only shock the reader, but that will also be very satisfying.
You’ve heard the idiom: We’re hoping-against-hope for a change in this situation. THAT is where your readers live. If you’ve done your job well, and created real people, then your readers will love and hate them—and “hope-against-hope” for the best outcome by the time they reach the last page of your book.
And—just in case you think I’m speaking only to fiction authors—I am not. Non-fiction writers who tell the true stories of life must consider these aspects of hope so that the real people they’re writing about can touch the lives of every reader. HOPE allows us all to look forward—with reasonable expectations and confidence—to a good (even better) outcome than what we’ve faced within any particular circumstance.
In my ghostwriting and editing efforts I can emphatically state that EVERY project I’ve helped develop carries a strong thread of hope. My work with the self-publishing industry also demonstrates that hope is the backbone of the majority of books being published today. From my perspective hope is the connecting rope that ties writer and reader together. So it is that I hope more writers will look forward—move forward—and get their works published TODAY!
|ABOUT ROYALENE DOYLE: Royalene Doyle is a Ghostwriter with Outskirts Press, bringing more than 35 years of writing experience to authors who need “just a little assistance” with completing their writing projects. She has worked with both experienced and fledgling writers helping complete projects in multiple genres. When a writer brings the passion they have for their work and combines it with Royalene’s passion to see the finished project in print, books are published and the writer’s legacy is passed forward.|