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Tension

August 10, 2008  Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: Characterization, Plot, The Craft   1 Comment

Inadvertently I have setup a situation where two characters in Bunny Trouble are going to get into a row and that was unintended. It is not obvious, I did consciously go down this path, but the undercurrents of their incompatibility stand out when one reads the story: tension.

Why did I do that?

I do not know. Perhaps something personal at home or work caused me to be more disputable than normal.

Now I have a choice. Either I can go for it, which causes me to rethink a rather large portion of the character interaction that itself has consequences and adds to my word count: I am approaching 120,000 already! Alternately I can backtrack and do a rewrite that I would rather avoid. There are many other places needing work, I do not want to add to that list, God forbid.

What I cannot do is the middle road, just pretending that these two are not going to get into it. There are already enough weird tension-filled things happening in my plot. The middle road is just lazy. Readers do not like lazy authors.

This is a situation where I could see a writer’s support group would be handy. I could present the problem without explaining a large amount of context.

Advice? Anyone?

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Comments on “Tension

  1. Anthony September 11, 2008 at 10:41 am

    Necro comment: One of the characters was cut to the bone. Fixed that problem.

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