Aerden (aerden) wrote,

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Writing: On Inexperience and Victimization

This is a rambling, somewhat disorganized post. I'm working stream-of-consciousness here.

I got to thinking this morning about the sort of characters I tend to enjoy writing, and I was asking myself if those are good character types to write about, or whether I am pulling punches by writing the kinds of characters I do.

I realized that I tend to like writing characters who are, to put it into Pernese terms, journeymen. They have completed their training period, and when I write about them, they are competent in their chosen profession and reasonably skilled at it, skilled enough to handle the problems I throw at them, if I am in sole control of the story environment.

I also tend to dislike writing about victims. If I am the creator and controller of the story setting, my characters may get hurt, even badly hurt, but I will do my darnedest to not make them victims. I do this because, the one time I did write a character who was a victim, she and her deity were like Paul Graves on a rampage, and I realized that this was a Bad Thing. Because this character, Senara, was so much a victim, I had to make her very strong in other ways to counter that so I could stand to write about her, was extremely intense.

I wrote that story because I was ticked off at reading fantasy stories about supposedly evil deities who didn't scare me. So I came up with the most evil deity I could think of, and yep, he scared the living daylights out of me. Which is another reason why I don't write Senara stories anymore. The problem is, I wonder, if I tone Ilviak down, is that a cop-out? Am I being a wimp? Or am I being smart and preserving my mental health? See, I read this quotation once: "As a man thinketh, so is he." I worry that, if I write evil stuff, it might influence my thinking in ways I won't expect or like. It's a question I've never been able to satisfactorily answer.

Anyway, I wonder if it is a good or a bad thing that I prefer for my characters to start out with some experience? I guess, for me, rookie stories just aren't what I want to write. For instance, I prefer to write about doctors, not first-year medical students. This makes me wonder if maybe I am missing out on certain aspects of writing. on the other hand, first-year med students don't have fewer problems than doctors; they have different problems.

So...I don't know. I guess all I can really do is write the stories I want to write and do my best to make them work well.

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