July 13th, 2010


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With input from the esteemed meredith_wood  and bogwitch64 ,* my less sucky Draft 5 from yesterday tracy-d74.livejournal.com/44111.html is less sucky today.  See?  It takes a village to write a Tracy . . . erm . . . to write any  book.  Thanks for living in my village ladies!

Azer eyeballed the telephone.  It was too far away.  And the front door was even further.  She would never make it.  Something crashed to the floor in the bathroom, snatching Azer’s attention.  Is she in trouble?  The door knob rattled, the lock clicked.  Think!  When her grandma emerged from the bathroom, someone would be with her. Not just any someone, an unknown man with whom she argued.  Her heart raced, hands sweated.  Azer needed a weapon. Fast.  She shook her head, eyes scanning the area.  The bathroom door creaked open as she grabbed the broom propped against the wall.  Steam infused with light spilled into the foyer and shrouded her grandma.  She stood taller than Azer, but resembled an owl perched high in a tree, vigilantly watching the world below.

Hugs and Encouragement!

*boggie commented on today's entry.

Why Something Wicked This Way Comes, Part II

As promised I am talking about the motivations of dark, seedy, amoral characters. (How I love them so.)  Again I say, antagonists cannot be bad just to be bad.  It doesn’t work.  Well, it can, if you want a cardboard character. But I suspect you want someone who is dark and sinister, someone who haunts your reader’s nightmares.  It ain’t gonna happen at the shallow end of the pool because: 

1)      Most of us want to know WHY someone committed a crime.  Knowledge gives us a sense of control over the events in our life. We want to know how to identify the Jeffrey Dahmers of the world.

2)      In today’s world we have too much research and knowledge about human behavior and thinking.

3)      Cruella DeVille is not scary when the news shows us the neighbor who molested twenty, ten-year-old girls or a CEO who stole money from 70-year-olds. 

4)        A protagonist without some underlying motivations just will not fly.


Last week I discussed the risk factors, tracy-d74.livejournal.com/43361.htm   , I mentioned that fear makes good people do bad things.  Then I said jealousy and envy are tied for first place as motivators in the fear category.  Before I tell you why, I want to make sure we are on the same page with the definition for jealousy and envy. (They’re not synonyms.)



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