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Be careful what you wish for

October 18, 2008  Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: Plot, The Craft   2 Comments

Based on feedback I have been thinking of ways to interweave my subplots to make them more integrated. One subplot I want to resolve at the end of the book for a satisfying conclusion. I have a clear roadmap on how to do that.

The other I want to carry over to the next book. This one disturbs me mightily, for I came up with a way to do it that is particularly heart wrenching. I had written before about a scene that was brutal. This chapter received accolades by my beta readers, including someone with experience with the plot details in question. My story telling instincts served me well.

Last night I came up with a way to tie this remaining subplot in but it is spectacularly harsh. The story is demanding that I go this way, indeed, it would make the book even harder to put down because it carries a lot of momentum with it.

I am not sure I can do it. It is too much. It is too sad.

I am setting aside the entire decision for a day. We will see how I feel tomorrow.

2 comments on: Be careful what you wish for

  1. Janine October 19, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    My instinct would be to do it. You can always pull it back if you think it goes too far, but you’ll never know unless you write it out. Writing demands honesty–especially to the story.

  2. Anthony October 19, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    I hear what you are saying. I just have concerns if it is the right thing. Sometimes, I write and I feel like an emotionless monster. I feel disconnected. The prose becomes relentless, demanding. Graphic, fearless.

    Remember the opening beach landing scene in Saving Private Ryan? How your stomach and head felt after watching that?

    I can write a scene like that—but should I?

    The answer was not easy, but I cannot deny the story its due, anymore then I can stop writing.

    I guess one cannot always feel good after writing, 100% of the time. Sometimes there is a price to be paid for who we are.

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