#1: You admire a character for trying more than for their successes.
#2: You gotta keep in mind what’s interesting to you as an audience, not what’s fun to do as a writer. They can be v. different.
#3: Trying for theme is important, but you won’t see what the story is actually about til you’re at the end of it. Now rewrite.
We landed on the tarmac at Pearson International almost 4 years ago in the month of November. Coincidently, it was also the 20th anniversary of my uncle’s passing. He was taken away rather unceremoniously right from his door step in Karachi, Pakistan as he returned from a spoken poetry evening (jashan) commemorating the first day of the month of Muharram. The minority Shiite sect in Pakistan, according to recent UN estimates has lost more than 1400 men, women and children since January 2015.