My son showed me an episode of, “Ants, Canada,” in which the owner of a “crazy yellow ant” colony decides the population is getting too large for the space he has for them. To control the population, a move which, mind you, would ultimately benefit the ants, the keeper introduced a mantis into the enclosure.
Did ants die? They did. Did the population benefit? They did.
So, you see, the keeper of the ants was really being wise when he “hurt” them.
Is it therefore true that we, as “keepers” of our characters, sometimes need to hurt them, in order to be doing a “good job?”
Tune in this week to find out and then visit our Jamie’s blog to read several examples of this concept. You can find her here: Writing Shorts