In case you haven’t read “Beyond the Tending Hand,” “A Pagan and a Vegan on Sustainability Ethics,” or Dragon’s comment, let me share a little secret: I’m passionate about plants.
My love for greenery often shows up in my writing. Every now and then the signs are bright, free and wild; other times, my passion sprouts in dark places. This is a blessing—passion is invigorating, right?—but it can turn into a curse, if not handled properly within my fiction.
Yesterday, for instance, things were getting a bit ridiculous. After spending too much time on the phone, listening to a friend go on and on about the evils of eating meat, I went back to writing. I was working on a scene where a character is “holding the handle of a thin knife, the blade piercing another character’s face through one cheek.” My main character (a magic user who happens to be carrying enough guns and knives to supply three armies) goes ahead and communicates with a nearby plant, so that the latter can combat the knife wielding psychopath with kindness.
My Wicked Luvs, I’m pretty sure I saw Luna Bravo (my main character)glaring at me from the other side of the screen. Asking me, “Why are you using my story to deal with your issues? If that idiot kills my friend because the plant magic is too slow, I swear I’ll jump out of your mind and slice you up with the dark moon coated blade I should be using to end this scene.”
Yes, my characters are murderously imaginative. And thank goodness for that. They can be patient, too, so Luna understood that I needed to finish writing the scene with the slow plant doing the deed. Then I went back and murder some of my darlings.
Okay, I wrote “Beyond the Tending Hand” first. Once the Veggie-Muncher vs. Meat-Chomper frustration oozed out of me, Luna was able to show her own emotions. There are no animated plants in the edited/rewritten scene. And after all is carved and done, the reader knows more about the main character’s personality and less about what pisses off the writer.
Do your emotions bite into your fictional characters? If so, how do you deal with the issue?
Chomp, chomp, chomp ;-)
“Killer Plants” by Jesse
I had not idea rosemary plants could grow such vicious teeth! Wait until I tell AlmaMia ;-)
Now, the winners of “AlmaMia Cienfuegos” and a critique giveaway!
Hm… I forgot how many names went into the cauldron... 10 or 13 *sigh*
Well, these are the two that came out:
Congratulations, Diandra and Diane (D-force is strong with these ones)
Diandra, email me your first chapter or short story. Diane, send me your email address.
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