Arlene did an excellent post yesterday regarding Hunger Games. She mentioned Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I've got a friend who is a military wife and she also has an outreach program for returning soldiers dealing with PTSD. I talked with her at our school's 9/11 commemoration about some of the struggles these soldiers face. I was totally blown away.
I had no idea the emotions these men and women have to deal with, and all that their families have to endure. I was amazed at her forgiving and understanding attitude. I thought I was forgiving, but she takes the cake.
What does this have to do with writing? I'm not sure. But its interesting to think about in regards to character studies. The strength that some people have to endure, or to return. The craziness that is going on in someone's head--in real life we don't see the nightmares, we only see the actions. Maybe we can all dig a little deeper and bring a little more depth to our characters.