744- Plot and characters and… words, oh my!

August 7, 2010

Pretty good writing night tonight. It took me a while to get rolling… possibly because it’s Friday night and I’m giddy with the feeling of not-thinking-about-work-for-48-hours. Whee!

But yes, 744 words down on the page. This section I’ve been working on for the last few nights is a longish scene from P’s viewpoint. He’s a young kid, so it’s been interesting to see his take on things going to pot. It got a wee bit uncomfortable to write at the end. A makes me squirm. She is cold, and unhinged, and a fanatic, but… I understand her. I’m not sure if I get it across right. I hope I do, because in my head and heart, I know where she’s coming from. All that cruelty makes perfect sense to her, and she doesn’t see it as cruelty. For her, it’s necessary. It’s the only way she sees to save herself and her people.  Deep down, she’s almost… sympathetic.

I don’t like sympathizing with her. It creeps me out. But I don’t think I have much choice.

Another “phase” of the plot is beginning. I figure we’re in the final quarter. The thought of actually finishing this thing unsettles me. Hmm. Seems to have been a disconcerting night, as well as a productive one. Anyone else experience this?



PS. I’d just like to thank everyone for the interest/feedback regarding the “Information Overload!” post. It was an issue that’s been bugging me for a long time, and I’m glad to have a) gotten it off my chest, and b) found out I’m not the only one who feels this way. 😉


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