So far, 791 words

And a deepening frustration with Molly. Her story is so much harder to write than Lauren’s. Why? Her conflicts are as big, as compelling, as powerful. Her story has, if I do it right, more darkness in the present and more light in the future than any character’s I’ve written before. I really care what happens to her — and conversely, I’m perfectly willing to run her through hell for the benefit of the story. I know her. I like her. If she were a real person, she could be my friend.

Why the hell won’t her story run, dammit?

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3 comments… add one
  • Shalon Wood Sep 13, 2002 @ 10:09

    Because you want to get it right?

    I ran into that problem with Family Relations — it was harder than anything I’d done before, and that meant I was trying even harder to get it right.

    Shalon Wood

  • David Stone Sep 13, 2002 @ 9:14

    :: Her story has, if I do it right, more darkness in the present and more light in the future than any character’s I’ve written before. ::

    Probably why it’s so hard – you’re pushing beyond your own boundaries, expanding into an area you haven’t explored before. That’s always hard.

    You’ll get there, I know it.
    In fact, you have to get there: I’m eagerly awaiting the follow ups to ‘Memory of Fire’!

    David.

  • Joel Sep 12, 2002 @ 15:40

    Hmmm. Maybe you need to approach her from a different angle. Why are the OTHER characters "running" so much easier?

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