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Poem: "The Accidental Hero"
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aldersprig From: aldersprig Date: August 4th, 2011 01:25 am (UTC) (Link)
*bounces happily* I see me in there, or, at least, some of my idea(s).
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 4th, 2011 01:35 am (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

You'd definitely qualify for "If you're a good writer, and your character met you in an alley, he'd want to punch you in the nose."

Poor Saph.
aldersprig From: aldersprig Date: August 4th, 2011 01:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

*smirk* yes. Many of them.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 4th, 2011 05:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

Some of mine are that way too. Others are quite fond of me, including some of the ones who have really gone through hell and high water.
aldersprig From: aldersprig Date: August 4th, 2011 07:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

Well, yes, Stockholm's is like that ;-)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 4th, 2011 09:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

Ironically, in both directions, although that's not the only way I've ever wound up entangled with my characters. I think Rai just figured he could get something out of me. Then again, he is the only person that my characters have tossed out of my head, rather than getting tossed out by me personally. With a bucket over his head, no less. They wouldn't let him back until he promised to behave.
aldersprig From: aldersprig Date: August 4th, 2011 11:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

I am never sure whether or not to envy those writers whose characters talk to them. Mine might run away from the story, but I almost never hear them in my head.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 5th, 2011 12:14 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

It depends on the writer, and the characters. Most of mine don't notice me; only a few do. Fewer still follow me home. Only a handful have remained with me over the years, as stories come and go -- but some of those have been with me longer than anyone else in my life except my relatives. Sometimes they think of things that I wouldn't, and some of those ideas are incredibly useful. I wouldn't trade them away. Having friends and family in other universes means that I'm never lonely.
je_reviens From: je_reviens Date: July 3rd, 2012 08:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

But do you ever have a problem with people thinking you are crazy for seeing people that don't "exist" and saying they are "real" (for lack of better terms).

It's lovely to be creative, but we don't live in a world kind to adults who insist their invisible friends are really there. I wonder about that.
janetmiles From: janetmiles Date: August 4th, 2011 01:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

You'd definitely qualify for "If you're a good writer, and your character met you in an alley, he'd want to punch you in the nose."

May I go off on a tangent? This is a serious question; I'm not trying to be difficult or insulting, and I apologize if it comes across that way. Can someone be a good writer without putting their characters through hell?
my_partner_doug From: my_partner_doug Date: August 4th, 2011 01:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

Of course they can -- if they're writing non-fiction.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 4th, 2011 05:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

>>May I go off on a tangent? This is a serious question; I'm not trying to be difficult or insulting, and I apologize if it comes across that way.<<

Yes, of course.

>>Can someone be a good writer without putting their characters through hell?<<

In my observation, yes, but it's more challenging. You can do that with nonfiction, or creative fiction or poetry that deals with things other than people. Poetry about positive experiences is also fairly easy. But writing gentle fiction -- which has no violence, vulgarity, or sex in it and generally not extreme tension either -- is rather more difficult. You have to stretch for different types of conflict and challenge. As mentioned elsewhere, slice-of-life stories are good for this too. You can see a fair bit of this in my Torn World stories, many of which are about relationships, the wilderness, or other contextual challenges rather than intense personal conflicts or combat.
je_reviens From: je_reviens Date: July 3rd, 2012 08:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

I love the Little House books for this. There's a little tension, here and there, but mostly it's just descriptive. I love those books.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 3rd, 2012 11:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

That's a great example, thanks.
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