Wednesday, May 5, 2010


I've been stuck on the development for an important character. I wasn't missing very much, it was just very important; and I had no idea what it was.

You would think that figuring out the reason someone would keep on living would be easy, right? But all my usual survival standbys didn't work and felt flat. Love felt too cliched. Hate and revenge was against the personality type. Recovering something treasured didn't work. Nothing I could think of fit. Maddening.

I found the linchpin in the weirdest place-a funeral. The priest conducting the ceremony mentioned a specific viewpoint concerning life and death, and everything just clicked into place.

Finding the answer I needed where I found it was odd, to say the least.


  1. Glad you found it.

    I stewed over a plot point for years. Then a friend, who I often send rambling e-mails to [it helps], suggested I stick with my theme of destiny. Aha! So simple. Why didn't I think of it?

  2. :D

    My main theme tends to be justice tempered with a bit of revenge. I'm terrible, I know. This one forced me to do something different, someone that is completely motivated by altruism. It keeps the ol writing muscles stretched.

  3. Welcome to the weird world of writing. I find inspiration in the weirdest places. Just go with it, though. Whatever your gut instincts are, they are usually right.