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My problem, when I try to write, is always plot. Prose is easy, characterization is usually not an issue ... but the bugaboo of "So then what HAPPENS?" is always the one that gets me. If/when I start working on my writing in a big way again, this is going to be the big problem area, the way the art is for me now on my comics.

Sometimes the issue is just the antagonist looking over at me and saying, "So what's my motivation?" I am by nature somebody whose natural tendency is to try to be accomodating and reasonable -- both of which are bad traits in a villain! So in my fantasy writing particularly I end up resorting to clichés of the "his dark god has driven him mad and he wants to obliterate the world" variety because anything less than that and my inclination is to have all parties negotiate an amicable settlement.

So I try to think about what people really are willing to kill over: money, power, sex, "us vs. them" (or "our god of brother love instead of theirs") -- all basically non-starters to me, but apparently not to the great throng of humanity. The psychology of my heroes is usually pretty straightforward "live and let live, but the bastards keep attacking me" and that I can get behind ... it's the psychology of the bastards that gives me trouble. And until I can get a handle on that, plot will continue to be a problem.

-The Gneech


Nov. 21st, 2006 12:51 pm (UTC)
We have the opposite troubles. I struggle with the prose overall, never seeming to ever put enough detail into anything, for some reason. I feel that the hardest thing I do is characterization. No matter how well I think I know them, getting that across is always so hard to do. But, once I get going, figuring out "What happens next?" seems to work itself out for me.

I simply put my characters in a situation and watch as they start telling me what happens here and what happens there. My villains want what they they want and what they have to do to get it be damned. I think it may have to something to do with the fact that I hardly ever think about what I'm about to do. I just have them do it and work out the why's as I go.

My current villain in my NaNovel is trying to accomplish something I'm not real sure out actually, but I know he thinks it will work out the way he wants it to and his confidence becomes enough for me. So I just keep letting him be confident despite how little I know about what he's expecting to happen.

Think I sort of rambled off topic here, not really putting together a real coherent set of statements, but what the heck. It's said now. -Frisk

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