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Daffodils mean rebirth.
Should We Forgive?

Is it right we should always forgive?
Let go of happenings from the past,
Move on, so in harmony we'll always live,
Bury ill feelings so relationships can last.

Let go of happenings from the past.
Forget the hurt so cruelly displayed,
Bury ill feelings so relationships can last -
Allow time for bad memories to fade.

FORGET the past so cruelly displayed?
Surely some friendships need to end.
Allow time for bad memories to fade?
Know below the surface time can never mend.

Surely some friendships need to end,
Moving on is the only way to heal.
Know below the surface time can never mend
If you hide the anger which you feel.

Moving on is the only way to heal,
So don't opt to always live a lie.
If you hide the anger which you feel
You'll be harbouring wounds until you die.

So don't opt to always live a lie,
If you want to live your life in peace.
You'll be harbouring wounds until you die,
Let go - allow your hurt to cease!

If you want to live your life in peace
Move on - so in truth you'll always live,
Let go - allow your hurt to cease!
Is it right we should always forgive?
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Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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How do you build your characters?

For CRASH I needed a baddie. I sort of knew the type of person i wanted as he was already in my imagination – but I hadn’t seen him in real life.

One day a speed-walker passed by my house. He was very small, middle aged, had brown hair (possibly dyed), wore rimless glasses and was very focused. Now I’m sure he was a perfectly nice man and would be horrified to know I’d cast him as a manipulative monster in my novel – but he was exactly what I had in mind – and being able to view him in the flesh meant I could add to my original image.

As a drama teacher I always enjoyed taking a character from the page and turning them into believable people. I guess with writing it’s much the same but it has to be done the other way round – find the flesh and bones first and then use words to paint the picture of them.

I’d love to know what devices other writers use to develop their characters.