The short posts.
I am cleaning out my half-started blog posts files and revisiting some of the comments I’ve made on the web (in case you recognize material previously seen elsewhere).
It’s my own work – I will rewrite and repurpose it if I think it is of interest.
This also gives me a record here of ideas I have worked out – often because someone has provided a wonderful blog post that got me thinking. I’ll identify the original posts if I can figure out what they were.
Opinions – and writing
As a person, I have opinions, strong ones. That’s why I write, and that’s why I have my own blog.
As a writer, they’re going to come out: I can’t write what I am not, so everything will be subtly colored by the way I think, what I think is right, what the consequences of choices are.
It can be no other way. If I choose to write about one subject, I have chosen, for the moment, not to write about others. If a character makes a choice, I choose the consequence – and show how it happens.
How opinions affect choices
As I get to the end of the revision of Pride’s Children, Book 1, I’m finding myself facing those opinions and choices and consequences: I get to decide who the characters will be at the end.
Actually, from the way I plot using Dramatica, in many cases I decided long ago how and where the characters would be at the end of Books 1, 2, and 3. And I’ve seen no reason to change those decisions: they were based on rational and careful thought and organization – and I still like them and think they are the best ends I can engineer.
Fear of consequences
All writers know that, if they express an opinion through their writing, there will be a subset of readers and potential readers who may never read them again.
Some days it brings me to a halt: can I really say that? If I say it, how can I say it subtly? Do I believe it? Yes.
Will it ruin a story to express an opinion about Life wrong? Most definitely. That’s called propaganda or preaching, and it is not the way that fiction teaches: fiction gives us the chance to go along with characters but learn something about ourselves.
No wimping out
What I can’t do at this stage is wimp out, soften the consequences of things set up from the beginning, make things not go the their natural conclusions. On the definite chance that some people won’t like my writing.
Among other reasons, I just don’t have the energy: it’s hard enough making this CFS brain go forward – I can’t spare the energy to consider the feelings of potential readers – not and still write.
It’s my job at the most basic level: when I start a story, I am promising the reader I won’t quit halfway through.
It’s just a little scary.