My partner, Andrew, was adamant I should write this first post about him, but sorry, darling. Not this time. I also should possibly write this about my new niece, Amelia, who was born yesterday. Welcome to the world, Amelia. Sorry I won't get to see you until... well, whenever I can save enough money to come to the US, or when you can come down here.
But enough waffling. I have chosen Anger as my topic for the letter A. Why? Because I have spent much of the week being angry. Work has been causing me stress, and that makes me angry. I'm not working on any new project yet, and I think not having that is also contributing to my anger. But I will be starting on that new project next week.
So. Anger. There are many different kinds of anger, and people have a huge range of ways of expressing it. When writing a scene in which a character is angry, it's important to show the right details.
Perhaps it's a low grade, seething fury. The character wouldn't yell or scream or break things. He'd be tight lipped, curt, trying to contain it. Perhaps is an outburst, in which case the character might hurl things, go red-faced and holler obscenities. Or maybe not. Perhaps this character tends to restrain his anger. Maybe his voice gets softer, his face white and pinched.
Everyone deals with anger differently, and finding the right way for your character to express it, is important. In Tail Lights, one of my characters, Tony, is a very controlled person. Throughout the book he's confronted with things that make him mad. He knows he's mad, but he chokes back the fury. He pushes it aside. You can only do that for so long. So, when he finally finds an outlet for his ire, you'd better believe it's an explosive scene.
On the other hand, my other character, Lucy, also has a lot to be angry about. She doesn't bottle it up though. She acts on her anger right away, doing things she's probably sorry for later. The contrast between the two makes for other conflict. And you can't have great stories without conflict, can you?
How do your different characters express their anger?