Sarah Jakes Roberts Is The Trendsetter Of The Year

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[Guest Blogger] How to Write Realistic Family Drama

by Courtney Walsh

At the heart of so much fiction is family. After all, family shapes us from a very young age and continues to do so the older we get. Families also make regular appearances in our fiction, and writing realistic family drama is not without its challenges.

I learned so much of how to create realistic characters in acting class. Studying a character so I could bring them to life on the stage isn’t that different than learning to bring a character to life on the page. You want to know what makes a person tick—why they make the choices they do. These are aspects of a character’s personality that you find in their backstory, and the more you know about that, the more realistic a character will be.

Family dynamics are all about backstory, so the best way a writer can make sure their characters are realistic within those dynamics is to uncover the family relationships going back as far as they possibly can, and then it’s important to dig in to each individual relationship.

Writing family conflict is really no different than writing any other kind of conflict, and that means there are some key factors to take into consideration when you set out to develop your story.

Give each character excellent motivation.

After all, nobody fights for something they don’t believe in. Ask any two people on the opposite side of an argument to defend their position, and they’ll likely have strong convictions to back up their choices. This is critical in writing realistic family drama. If the motivation behind a character’s action is weak or non-existent, the reader won’t buy it, no matter how angst-ridden the scene is on the page.

Those motivations can stem from something that happened in the past to cause them to react a certain way, or something that’s happening in that moment, or both.

Observe how people interact.

As you create the characters, you can decide how they interact with each other, and a great way to do that is by observing real life families, including your own.

Observation is a critical element to writing. Watching the way people interact is important to nail down the nuanced relationships you find within a family. For instance, one person may act a certain way with their sister and then act a completely different way with their mother. The relationship contributes to the action. Birth order might change how a character is viewed. Closer siblings may be more inclined to defend each other. And no two families are the same. One family may be loud and say everything they think while another may choose to bottle their feelings in an effort to keep the peace.

Once you determine the dynamics of the family, the drama becomes more realistic.

Don’t make it too over the top.

Drama for drama’s sake isn’t effective. And it’s crucial to remember that throwing in every dramatic scenario isn’t realistic or even interesting for a reader. Have you ever read a book or watched a movie where literally nothing good happened? At some point, it’s tiresome. You have to give your characters a win every now and then, and if you add conflict just to have conflict, readers are going to feel the inauthenticity in that.

Remember that all relationships ebb and flow. It’s rare that someone is always good or always bad. Showing those ups and downs is going to go a long way in making your characters and their relationships feel more genuine.

What are your favorite family dramas?

CLICK HERE to read BTSCelebs‘ review of her latest book “Is It Any Wonder”.

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A Special Thanks to Courtney Walsh and Tyndale House for the insightful article.

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10 Things Only Theater Geeks Will Love

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Over the past several years, BTSCelebs has attended the best stage performances in the Midwest, and it’s the perfect time to revisit those iconic moments all over again.

Let’s reminisce about those precious plays/dances now.

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Jamie Grace Wins On “American Idol”

Jamie Grace

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BTSCelebs to Review Carla Laureano’s “Provenance”

Provenance Carla Laureano

“Provenance” is an all new novel by a two-time RITA Award–winning author. This Spring, BTSCelebs plans to give you the complete review of Kendall Green and Gabriel Brandt’s intriguing story.

In Carla Laureano‘s newest tale, Gabriel is trying to save a small town (Jasper Lake) from a developer (Kendall) set on rebuilding it as a summer resort. Gabriel and Kendall have deep memories in the town, however, their memories are as different as night and day. Once I read this book, I’ll be able to expound on their relationship and the key outline of Laureano’s work of fiction.

Stay tuned for my review next season!

Carla Laureano‘s “Provenance” releases on August 3rd, 2021.

*A Special Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for the advance reader copy of the book and cover image*


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[Interview] 9 Questions With “Dolphin Island” Actress Annette Lovrien Duncan

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BTSCelebs: Who is Annette Lovrien Duncan professionally?

Annette Duncan: I am Associate Professor of English at Carthage College, having taught there for 33 years. I am also currently the Title IX Coordinator for the college, and the Chair of the Academic Senate (the faculty governance body). My husband is Senior Pastor at Church in the City, Milwaukee, and we’ve served in full-time ministry together since 1988. But the role that is bringing me a great deal of joy right now is that of being a film actress—it’s a genuine dream come true.

What inspired you to pursue acting?

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[Movie Review] “Dolphin Island”

Escape to the peaceful world of “Dolphin Island”!

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50 Best Reviews And Interviews That Will Blow Your Mind

To celebrate 10 years of BTSCelebs, let’s place a spotlight on some of the best features over the past decade. Enjoy the fun and emotional reviews and interviews you can only find right here.

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Singer Caitie Hurst Is Getting Married

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Yesterday, Caitie Hurst announced that she was engaged to longtime boyfriend Parker Beasley. The happy news was shared via social media, and you can see their joyful moment through the photos below.

Congratulations to the future Mr. and Mrs. Beasley!

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March 2021 Release! “DOLPHIN ISLAND” Is Coming

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Actors Peter Woodward, Dionne Lea and Tyler Jade Nixon star in the family film titled DOLPHIN ISLAND. The movie, which is about a teen’s dream life turned upside down when her estranged grandparents return, is scheduled to be released on March 2nd, according to a Collide Distribution press release.

DOLPHIN ISLAND promises to give its audience pure joy by bringing the gorgeous Bahamas landscape to them. Mr. Puppy Presents/Entertainment Squad created DI and it is directed by Mike Disa, produced by Shaked Berenson, and written by Disa, Berenson, and Rolfe Kanefsky.

View the trailer below to see a visual synopsis:

Mike Disa: “We set out to make a heartwarming movie that shares about the power of family and community. We couldn’t have expected the timing that, shortly after filming, our world would be shut down to traveling.”

Shaked Berenson: “We hope the film helps families escape to a beautiful island paradise, that it can inspire girls to seek out careers in science, and it can help us consider the power of family-in whatever form we may find it.”

DOLPHIN ISLAND also features actors Bob Bledsoe, David Raizor and introduces Annette Lovrien Duncan and Aaron Borrow.

Click Here to learn more about Dolphin Island

A Special Thanks to Collide Media Group/Collide Distribution for the press release.

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