Thursday, June 19, 2008

The Differences Between Boys and Girls

I needed a chaos scene. I had a class full of kids in my novel, and I needed them to create enough chaos that the teacher would be distracted and the other kids could escape class without the teacher noticing.

It was getting late, and all I could think of was to have the girl students pretend to see a mouse and start screaming. I knew it was lame, but it was all I could think of.

Later, I was eating supper and asked my husband, "If you were a student in high school and needed to create chaos, what would you do?"

He looked at me like I was stupid. "I'd just punch the nearest kid and start a fight."

Well, obviously. I'd never thought of that, and never would have. I think that's the difference between a boy and a girl. Girls tend to be more passive--no one gets hurt when a mouse runs through the room. Boys tend to be more violent--but also more effective. My scene wouldn't work because, well, there was no mouse and there's a limit to how much trouble a girl screaming "Mouse!" will cause. But with a fight...well, then you have the kids fighting, and all the other kids circling around, screaming "Fight!"'s much more effective chaos.


PJ Hoover said...

How funny! I just found a couple punches in my latest WIP revision, and laughed each time. They worked SO well. So much is said with just a punch. It's just such a guy thing to do.

Unknown said...

Absolutely! And as a teacher, I can say with authority...nothing's more distracting and chaotic than a school fight!