clues at the scene

clues at the scene

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Stick Your Neck Out

Giraffe on wheels. Be quick to stick you neck out and you might get one of these too.

It is about risk and reward. If you write only the soft stuff, only the comfortable stuff, if your characters don't stretch and show their desires, if your conflict isn't palpable, if you don't say those things that make you most uncomfortable about yourself, how proud of your work will you be ?

The first reader we write for is ourselves. For some of us, it is the only reader we right for. The rest of you can come along if you want.

Take a chance. Make your characters strive. Make them uncomfortable. Don't just write the plot driven stuff. Story is not enough. You sit in a darkened room and pull this stuff out of your head. At least make it about people.

At least, take a risk. Don't be comfortable. Don't be safe. We have the tale of Peter Rabbit. One is enough.

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