Can we pretend it's Monday today? Kind of forgot about the whole day of posting thing. Sorry about that, Humans.
So last week in Pyromancy land, we wrote 5 chapters. We're kind of cruising through it, and it's exciting stuff, but it's also some of the most emotional and difficult writing I've ever done.
Sam goes through some stuff in this one, and I had the privilege of sitting behind his head, and it left me kind of depressed.
We started this as a game. And I love it. I LOVE this darn thing. I love our characters, and the staggering honesty that comes from such different characters in the same world.
But right now, I feel like I can barely write a sentence.
There are a thousand reasons why we write stories, but for me, one of the reasons is to teach that dragons are real, and that they can be defeated. But that means sometimes that we need to wade through an awful lot of dragon crap. We do it, because the darker it goes, the more powerful the light when it comes. I'm a big fan of painting with dark and light colors. It's necessary to paint a clear and honest picture.
But at the same time, how much darkness are we willing to create? How much darkness can we add to the real world just for the sake of telling a story?
I'm a super fan of Downton Abby, and I think Julian Fellowes is a brilliant master of his craft, but dang it, Dude. Why do you keep punishing the likable characters? It's like if he has a likable character you just know know that he will be killing or destroying that character. It makes for some beautiful drama, but it also creates darkness in a world that is sometimes just plain sucksville.
He balances it with kindness, wit, humor, beauty, and just sunshine. That's the reason why I keep watching, even when he keeps punching me in the emotional kidneys.
So today, I want to give you Prosers a challenge. Write light and hope into your current WIP. Add as much brightness as you can.
Because the world need to know what's on the other side of the storm. That's every bit as important.