Sunday, December 10, 2006

Mea Culpa VI

I like to think that I am a nice person but I know there are people out there who would disagree. I cannot change the past, right? Perhaps it is better to go ahead and do the best I can each day rather than looking back.

Yet looking back is moving my novel forward. I had the idea to include one or two heartaches in the book—similar to personal ones—to work through them personally and give the novel some conflict. However, taking a closer look at the mistakes I made, the hurt I caused and then exaggerating those just a little makes for a more powerful story.

It makes it much more draining to write, too.


Margiemix said...

It is a challenge but is is also a release and a way to find closure. For yourself, those in your past and the Character's.

Rene said...

I never put in anything too personal in my writing. Just too damn boring. Well...I did use one thing. Although I was way past my emotions on the topic, I was able to remember the pain of that situation and put it down on paper. Ended up being one of my favorite scenes to write.

chosha said...

It's easy to understand why people feel emotionally drained after therapy...all that 'looking back'. Still, some realism does make writing more interesting usually.