clues at the scene

clues at the scene

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Fortress of Solitude

There's nothing for it. Close the library door, turn up Melody Gardot for the right atmosphere and grind grind grind.

I've done well on the plot-driven line. Now, without a net, I do the plot-driven and character immersion bit together.  Nothing up my sleeve, nothing in my hand.

I will force my horrendously flawed protagonists (i.e. people) into the points of emotional risk. I will force them to confront or actively avoid those things that echo in the memory of a reader.

I will eschew cardboard and care about these characters. I will love them. I will empathize with them. I will torture them in a world that does not allow mere existence. Some will evolve into better images of well-formed humans. Some will become broken crumpled things.

They will however change in the face of risk and tumult. Therein lies a story and not merely a box score.

_The Shipping News_. Proulx is required reading here, folks. The Pulitzer does that.

The antagonists ? These guys are easy. I've known them all my life.

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