clues at the scene

clues at the scene

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Why, Of Course ...

I shot his dog.

It's a writer's punchline bit of advice. One by one the author removes all the protagonist's friends. Everyone he could turn to for help or advice, I remove.

When the protagonist has nothing left to depend on outside of himself but his dog, shoot the dog.

Revelation and transformation don't come easy. Late night infomercials don't do it.

You won't get rich with no money down. Dr. Phil won't solve the fact that you're an asshole. ( I'm speaking metaphorically here. I wouldn't want to suggest that writers are self-involved assholes. Completely against type).

The story form matters. Is the plot an Odyssey?  The they move along physically as they move along emotionally. You must include both aspects for the reader to stay involved.

Don't make just a Bing and Bob "road" picture. Give  us The Road.

Back to it, inkypaws.

Oh my friend above?

Outlived his peers. That's a helluva penance for a survivor. How do you think he feels about it?

Write it down.

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