Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Writer News! Special Report!





(Writer’s minds, Everywhere) --Writer’s News! Today is like so many other days. Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of darlings are being slaughtered worldwide. Tears sometimes fill the eyes of the creators as they knowingly, and purposely, Kill their Darlings!


Some writers have hopes that they will be reincarnated in a future story. Some hit the delete key and they are gone forever only to return as a ghost whispering to them at a later date when the creator may wish he or she had saved the text.

What a strange bunch of creators writer folks are. They save a cat or pet a dog then they get the main character up a tree and throw rocks at her! Not just once, but usually at least three times! Most folks would throw rocks at the dog, not the most important person in their world.

Why am I writing this? I write this because I am doing another pass at a work in progress and have been trying to get the strength to off one of my biggest darlings in the whole book. Can I do it? I have to. Readers will never have the chance to read the words that I worked so hard on getting just right. My main character is not up a tree; let’s just say he is kind of in a hole. Not a comfy, dry, sandy hole. It’s wet, muddy, and cold. And dark. It’s what happens next I have to deal with. I’ll need more rocks.

So if you get the feeling that somewhere, far, far away, millions of voices are crying out and are suddenly silenced, you know what is happening. Writers are working.

7 comments:

  1. How true. Sometimes I cry when I write scenes, and even when I rewrite them. Crazy, but true!

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    1. Thanks for sharing Debbie. Reminds me of the quote by Robert Frost, "No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader." Or something like that. I think we have to write with feeling or it comes out as just words.

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  2. In my Touch of Death series, I killed the same character multiple times—the beauty of having a cast full of necromancers. Readers told me I made them cry repeatedly. It had to be done though. I felt awful, but the story must be told the proper way.

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    1. Thanks Kelly. Good point about writing about necromancers. Or a Phoenix. I'm reading your Into the Fire now, I know she must die, but she'll be back!

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  3. Hi Rick! I'm stopping by from Kelly Hashway's blog and my cover reveal.

    I put my characters through hell because if I didn't the story would be boring. Things need to happen to the characters in our stories, and usually it's not good things. I never killed of a main character but I have killed of characters in works currently unpublished that I know would make readers cry, but it had to be done for the sake of the story. It made sense. I couldn't find a way around it.

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    1. Hi Chrys. Thanks for stopping by. Congrats on Seismic Crimes book 2!

      Whether it's characters, scenes, or just a line, it hurts to kill those darlings.

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  4. Hi Chrys. Thanks for stopping by. Congrats on Seismic Crimes book 2!

    Whether it's characters, scenes, or just a line, it hurts to kill those darlings.

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