I had a startling thought the other day. One of the Facebook writing groups had a post asking for confessions of clichéd tropes we secretly liked. It didn’t take long for me to figure out mine. For all the modern whining about “the Chosen One” and “Mary Sue” and other criticisms of the Hero’s Journey, I actually love the moment when a character realizes and accepts that they have a destiny, or finds that they have a real gift to save others. That sense of hope of finding your place in the world.
I guess it’s something I wish I had. Reading and writing are the closest I ever come to that feeling. I have to remind myself that you can get away with anything if the readers like it.
In other news, a Facebook meme prompted me to make a declaration I may live to regret.
The joke was that a writer had used up all the good words while writing a sex scene and couldn’t write another, the implication being you shouldn’t use the same words over again, to avoid annoying the reader. A friend commented that the good words must have been “thrust,” “thighs,” and “BBQ sauce.” (Hahahahaha!) My declaration was that I would use those same good words in my next fight scene, along with “moist,” “throbbing,” and “lave.” (I adore “moist” as much as I loathe “lave.” “Throbbing” is likely to spark giggles, even at forty-nine.) More friends have added “ream” and “lather” to the list. Challenge Accepted!
Accepted–mostly–because I said I would write them into a fight scene, not that they would survive the revision/editing process, or get published, but I am hopeful. Honestly, I try to write fight scenes and erotic scenes in much the same way; as visceral as possible. I have ranted on a similar topic before, in my old post “Do’s and Don’ts of Writing Spell Casting Scenes.” (It’s rough and snarky, but I was new to blogging.)
The fight scene is shaping up nicely; it’s a new character, so her personality is still malleable. I’m enjoying letting her tell me about this one time she had to fight bad guys while in this oddly erotic mental state. I’ll keep you posted.
Also, I’m up to a hundred followers. Yay!
Unless someone backs out… Hey! Where ya going?