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Poem: "The Accidental Hero"
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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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