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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Realism vs. Excitement

Those of you who've seen my facebook posts know I've been working on some action scenes for the StS sequel. (The gun-slinging hero type of action, not that kind of action.) I've been struggling a little bit with this section, and I think I've pinpointed why: while the point of this part of the plot is for Geneva to go into a dangerous situation and be the Big Damn Hero, I don't want it to come across as implausible.

There's a fine line between overanalyzing each step while fretting about all the potential bad outcomes and having characters just jump into the fray and shoot the shit out of everything that moves. Ideally, I want to straddle that line. While we do like cheering for our heroes and we want them to go kick the asses of everyone who poses a threat to their well-being, we also want them to have depth and be believable. Actions have consequences. It can take me out of a story if an author tends to ignore that simple fact.

I'm not going to give away too many spoilers here, but I hope I've found a good balance between Geneva exercising caution/showing awareness and whipping out her weapons/being a total badass. I want her to be tough, but not heartless; savvy, but not pessimistic. Above all, my main goal for this series is to keep things FUN!

1 comment:

  1. I totally agree, it is a hard line to walk. Fun and engaging, but still realistic enough that nobody's suspension of disbelief is broken. Maybe that's why writers are kind of like magicians? ;)