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Excuses post is full of excuses

April 6, 2012

Okay, time to guilt myself into writing more. I meant to write a bunch last night. Instead I got sucked into the first three chapters of Love Is an Orientation by Andrew Marin. Good writing, and an amazing and excellent mission. I’m having to fight to keep myself from picking it back up to read some more tonight.

But no! No reading! Tonight I need to make a second attempt at the scene that is currently giving me trouble. It never fails to astonish me how easily some scenes pour out of the pen, while others are just a long, painful struggle for each word.

So tonight I have to get inside the head of my main villain and figure out what he wants to say to his major adversary. Who is currently within his power, and basically buying time with whatever (bruises, blood, nasty invective, etc.) he can afford to spend. It’s not hard to understand what the poor good guy is feeling and thinking. The bad guy, though…

What motivates him in this scene? Besides the pure enjoyment of inflicting pain on someone he’s hated for a decade? I’m just not sure yet.

So time to turn off the computer (and, more importantly, the internet), and put pen to paper and learn.

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