For July, 2022, Rhobin sent us a list of 6 topics suggested by Connie Vines, asking us to make a smorgasbord selection. I consider this wasteful: if I was running the show, which I am not, thank heavens, I’d consider this to be half a year of topics.
Therefore, as a matter of principled resistance, I’ll write about only one. I tried to close my eyes and use a pin, but my computer screen screamed just before the pin struck. So, OK, in the list is: “The character you just killed.”
Every character in every one of my stories is my baby, yes, even the baddies. When a person emerges from the electronic womb of my computer, I need to get the inside view of how s/he perceives reality. Being cursed with too much empathy, this means understanding and even compassion. Never mind the evil acts necessary for carrying the plot forward, the act and the actor are distinct and separate.
I use this fact in therapy. So, how can I not apply it to my own creations?
Yes, I am shuddering, too. Sorry.
And yes, the first criminal went to jail, and the second died the following morning. The plot demanded that I kill him, but then his victim gave him unconditional love, so how could I do less?
Um… Didn’t he kill his victim? You’ll need to read the book to find out. Tell you what, though. Buy any of my other books in any format, and I’ll email you a free copy.
In real life, death is not the end of a book, but the end of a chapter. So, that comforts me when I do have to kill my darlings.
I’ll be interested in which topic(s) my fellow bloggers chose, and what they wrote on the issue. So, after you have commented, please visit them:
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