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So I am working away on a few sekrit projects and one has been going slowly. Which means there’s a problem. It ALWAYS means there’s a problem though we writers like to go with the denial of said fact and try to to push through more time than not.

And just like there’s always a problem, the answer to said problem is often the same.


Stop being nice to the characters. Stick their toes in the fire and then throw some more branches on the flames. Poor characters. I swear I like my characters (which is why I end up with this problem, I don’t want to be be mean to them) but apparently that doesn’t matter. The story demands I put them through the wringer again, so here I go, circling back to fan the flames hotter and organise even worse things waiting in the wings for when they manage to fight free from the flames. Again. I wonder if this lesson ever sticks?

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