Cindy, thanks for mentioning Jan Karon! She's a wonderful writer, and an expert at characterization.flyingcross wrote:Hi Jan,
My sister loves Jan Karon, and I'll have to say, there are some wonderful characters in them.
My new character.
Her glassy eyes took in nothing of the television that blared in front of her. This was her life, her choice, to drink to survive the onslaught of anxiety. It had brought her to this couch, this room, where no one else wanted to be. All she wanted was to be loved, and the only way she’d found it was by drinking. It just never ended up being love. Her slurred speech as she answered the phone told her daughter all she needed to know.
“Mom, I love you. Let me know when you’d like to come out. We’ve got a room for you whenever you decide to come.”
She hung up the phone, crying. She wanted to go, but she couldn’t go without a drink now. She had lost her family even though they wanted her as badly as she wanted them.
Your own sad character is very well written, too! You really captured the despair of alcoholism in just a few words. My only suggestion is a formatting one: an extra white space between paragraphs.
Really well done--thanks for contributing!