Monday, July 11, 2011

Why Writers Should Be More Spiteful

So this week's theme is the writing process, and, to go with that theme, I've decided that us writers need to be meaner. Judgier. More spiteful.

As most people probably know by now, New York legalized gay marriage a week a couple of weeks ago. This got me to thinking, if my current manuscript's main character, a middle-aged, lesbian woman, had grown up in a time and place where gay marriage was legal, she might not be facing some of the issues she is now. Then, I thought about my last manuscript, a dystopian novel, and how many of the issues it poses may not be relevant anymore if we lived in a kinder, more respectful, more educated world. Which is when I discovered, as writers, we just can't afford for people to be happy. What would we write about? How many genres would become obsolete if everything was hunky-dory? How many would change?

Therefore, in order to protect the writing process we know, we need to be heartless. To instigate problems. To create issues so that we can continue having something to write about. This is mission hate everyone. To go out and be spiteful. Go out and be mean. Go out and be horrible crabby, people. And go out and do it in the name of writing!

(And if you don't know I'm kidding, you deserve having someone stick their tongue out at you. :-P )

<3 Gina Blechman

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  1. Agreed! We have to be mean to our characters. But we can also give them something to look forward to (even if they don't know it at the time).

  2. I agree with that old saying that conflict is the source of drama or whatever. You have to drag your characters through the wringer but hopefully at the end they might finally get a chance to be a little happy.

  3. I doubt we'll ever lack for people being crabby.

  4. But it's hard! *she whines* I like writing the sappy sweet scenes. It takes more effort to throw troubles in the way of my characters, and then take it to the next level. But it's true, that's what makes for an exciting story.