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“There is nothing to writing.  All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” -Ernest Hemingway

I don’t know if I could call myself a writer and not have that quote stir something within me.

Writing is no simple task.  Sometimes – as many authors know – it can serve as a kind of exorcism, as we surrender our fears and hopes to the page.

Sometimes the words, the motivations, the muse are all there at the same time – and the prose flows from fingers to the page.  More often, it can be like hacking through a nasty underbrush of words that just won’t come together and pages littered with the dreaded -ly’s.

Regardless, you walk away when it’s done having left a bit of yourself there – on the page.  

I’ve gone months, sometimes years without writing. But always, somewhere inside of me, there’s a yearning to fill an empty page with a story that has been rolling around inside of me.

Is it a need to share?  Or is it a desire to fill up a blank space with meaning – like a nervous babble to fill awkward silences?

I’ve grown restless these last few months without writing.  My fingers itch to weave thoughts into words, into stories.

Do you know the feeling?  …of a story somewhere taking shape?  Something slippery in the wet darkness that eludes capture….its tail tickling your legs as it speeds past to the hiding places just outside of reach.

Maybe I’m out looking for my story.  I’ve only to catch her, you see…

and to sit down at the typewriter and just, well…begin.

 

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A to Z – V (WR)

It’s April again and that means it’s time for the A to Z challenge and this year, my theme for the A to Z Challenge is characters and narrators. 

V

V is for Vengeful Characters

Distilled down to their most basic form, stories of any kind are all about the struggle.

Does your character have a perfect life, with no flaws, no money problems, no obstacles, and everything their heart desires?  Well then, chances are it’s not a very good story.  But you already know that, and you know that there has to be a conflict for it to be interesting….otherwise, what’s the point in reading it?

But what do you do when you have a character with fire in their belly and anger in their hearts?  It doesn’t matter if it’s your hero/heroine, the villain, or a side character – how do you write them so that your character isn’t caricature?

Answer: Same way porcupines mate…very carefully. 😉

People with vengeance on their mind tend to be dramatic, prone to making bad decisions, and broody over their plans/repercussions of their actions.  Play one item up too much (like evil laughter in the corner with handles steepled in maniacal glee) and your character is chewing the scenery in your carefully constructed play (unless of course you’re writing a comedy, and then by all means go for it).

I have yet to write a vengeful character well…partially because I have trouble maintaining an overly dark atmosphere in my novels for a vengeful character to thrive in and partially because, well you know, we’re all our worst critics and can’t help but tear our own work to shreds.  :p

Notable vengeful characters:

  • The punisher
  • Liam Neeson’s character in Taken
  • Ruth (Roseanne Barr’s character) in She-Devil – by the way, this is also an amusing book (The Life and Loves of a She Devil)
  • Porter from Payback