This week Juliana Brandt touches on the difficulties of being a writer. Turns out dealing with writer’s block, bad critiques and rejections is excellent practice for making our main characters miserable.
Because writer’s need to throw obstacles at their characters.
Think about it. What if Edward didn’t mind turning Bella into a vampire? What if Jacob had no heroic urge to rescue klutzy Bella? What if Bella and Edward were married by page nine?
Because like William Shakespeare said:
“The course of true love never did run smooth.”
It’s a writer’s job to create a dilemma, kind of like that little sadistic dude from the SAW movies. Although if you prefer, it can be done without limb amputation.
Take the fun, contemporary YA read,WHAT WOULD MY CELL PHONE DO? by Micol Ostow. Here’s main character Aggie’s trouble in a nutshell:
When Aggie Eckhart’s family moves from Miami, Florida, to Denville, Alaska, because of her father’s job, Aggie feels like a fish out of water. Not only is frozen Denville a far cry from sunny Miami, but she’s got no friends, her mother is driving her crazy, and she loses her cell phone within the first month – cutting off her lifeline to civilization.
Now, I imagine if my daughter lost her cell phone, the drama dilemma that would ensue might resemble a scene from SAW, but eventually she would emerge triumphant and stronger (especially her fingers, which would be rested without all that texting).
Because conflict makes our characters grow.
“All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.”–Walt Disney
(Kick in the teeth? Well, that explains BAMBI.)
So in the spirit of this week’s challenge I am offering this book (chock full of obstacles) for a giveaway. Consider yourself entered in the drawing if you comment below.
What is your favorite fictional dilemma?
**(Note to Juliana-8 pts)