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criminal minds garcia plan b

they live upon their feet and they die upon their knees

I am so very stuck on how this character outsmarts a nemesis. I'd go write the other story, but I'm stuck on how those characters outsmart their nemesis.

Basically, I have made the critical error of trying to write stories about people being smart, which means I have to be smart.

*sigh*

Smart is hard.

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Smart is hard.

Is true - but I do so love it when a story makes me think "This character is smarter than I am."

As against the ones that make me think "This author wants me to be dumb, so that I'll think they're smart."
Or the ones that make me go "I saw what you're going to did there" on Page 3, and then did it just like that.
Yup. I really don't like being ahead of the game, even where that's clearly the author's intention - screaming "Wake up, will you?" at deliberately-obtuse characters is not my notion of what a story's for - and there is no inherent satisfaction in being proved right. Being proved wrong can be rewarding (tho' I don't much like the deliberate twist ending either), but even then, even when I'm all "Oh, of course - you set that up from the beginning, it was right there and I didn't see it, are you smart or am I just stupid?" - I still don't think that the function of fiction is to be a guessing-game. Even with mysteries and thrillers, I still want a book to be a journey, that author and reader undertake together, hand in hand...
I like me a good twist ending, and I love caper plots.

What I hate is when the author obviously thinks she's being clever, and I can tell from the first bit of foreshadowing where this is going, and not in a good ooo train wreck kind of way.
Or as against the ones where the author keeps telling me the character is smart and showing me the character really isn't so much (without meaning to).

Edited at 2013-05-14 12:11 am (UTC)