Wednesday, February 9, 2011

ROW 80 Check in #8 from the Orchid house


Writing time being especially precious, it's a relief when there's....something to write, after all!!!

I read a post today on 'raising the stakes' - about how we not only have to show, not tell - we have to also raise the stakes - that we have to give our main characters greater risk, so the reward carries more of an emotional payoff for the readers.

Well, hmm. I most certainly have risked my main and secondary character, and "done-in" the the minor supporting characters one gruesome way or another.  Frankly, I'm feeling like a little bit of a bastard about it,'s the story.  The story is a cautionary tale about, quite frankly, not straying off the path.  And the consequences for doing so are wretched.  So, in a sense, it's a completely realistic fairy tale - dreadful things happen with un-natural or supernatural or supernormal impetus, and the outcome is dire.

Sometimes, that's just the way it goes.

And, today, there are (finally) over 6000 words saying so :-)

Go me.

And, to the rest of you ROW 80 Challengers - GO YOU! Cheer them on at the link below :-)


  1. Hang in there...have a great week. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  2. If you feel you are abusing your characters, you're probably doing your job. Congratulations on passing the 6000 mark. Happy writing!

  3. Sounds like you're having fun. That's so important!

  4. Yeah, go you! You made me LOL with this bit: "Frankly, I'm feeling like a little bit of a bastard about it,'s the story." Thanks for the chuckle.

  5. I feel the same way most of the time but at least it won't be boring! Good going!

  6. hey Claire(s) :-) Glad I could send a chuckle - seriously, tell me you guys haven't been writing something dire and found yourself muttering, "I'm an utter and complete b@stard.....". If I was my own mother I'd wash my brain out with soap.

    Thanks for coming by, Craig, the encouragement is always helpful :-)

    Rock your weekend, guys - see ya Sunday!