Wednesday, April 19, 2017
I will dwell... @Liz Flaherty
So last night I asked him what his favorite things and his least favorite things were about both of us. We talked about things, did some laughing--and some not laughing--and went on playing Farkle.
The whole conversation gave me an idea, and I wondered if anyone had done this. (Most of my brilliant ideas are only brilliant because they never occurred to me before.) Duane's least favorite thing about me is that I dwell on things. I don't let them go until they've twisted me--and sometimes him--into more turmoil than the issue I'm dwelling on deserves.
He is horrifyingly accurate.
So, the idea is to build protagonists around a single no good, very bad point. A heroine who dwells on things. A hero who never listens. Etc. Not that those would be the only personality points, of course, but they would be the ones that created the internal--or even the external--conflict.
When I write, I don't dig very deep into the process. I write the beginning, middle, and end, and hope I've come up with a conflict somewhere in there--I hate conflict. But, if I just used that one point...
Is this what people do who pay attention to the process? An interesting thought, isn't it?
Since I always dwell on things, naturally enough this morning I've been dwelling on...yes, dwelling. Someone smarter than me said you can't fix things that have already happened, so I'm going to work on that.
Except maybe my next heroine will dwell on things, and...