Shannon Stacey

Killing my hero

After much debate, argument, and a first draft with a bushel of “rule” inconsistencies, I have no choice but to kill my hero.

He’s not very happy about being dead. Or being undead, rather. He much preferred being the un-undead. But being technically alive, but not really, was too much of a headache for his transcriptionist (me).

Tis hard to make stuff up. Sure, I can make up my own rules, but then I have to actually follow them. And the “rule” governing his sustenance affects the rules for procreation. Fixing that doesn’t follow the rules for how they came to be, and so on and so on. Then I get to the end of the first draft and realize that the way things went down, she’s going to continue aging, and he’s not. It doesn’t take long for the Sarandon Syndrome to get out of hand there.

It probably would have been easier if he was a “I vant to suck your blood” vampire, but nooooooooooooooooooo.

Fortunately, this is my favorite phase of writing or I’d be a little discouraged. There’s a story down on paper. It’s riddled with typos, inconsistencies, bad dialogue, and exposition til the cows come home.

NOW I can work. The blank page is not my friend. That “joyful flow of free-writing” is my nemesis. The future work of going through a “finished” draft nitpicking it is also a drag—especially if it’s been through several readings.

But the editing and revising of a rough draft into a ‘workable’ draft is my favorite part of writing. Even if I have to kill my hero.

4 comments to “Killing my hero”

  1. Jorie
      · April 25th, 2005 at 12:28 pm · Link

    But the editing and revising of a rough draft into a ‘workable’ draft is my favorite part of writing.

    Me, too! That’s when the story most comes alive for me.

  2. Sasha
      · April 25th, 2005 at 3:02 pm · Link

    Whoo Hooo, frist draft done! :clap:
    I agree, a blank page is hard on the head. Have fun witht he revisions!!

  3. Anna Lucia
      · April 25th, 2005 at 5:15 pm · Link

    ggg Sometimes we’re the same, sometimes we’re different… I LOVE the blank page, so many possibilities. :type: All of them better than the crap I frequently put there.:crazy:

    But I’m glad you’ve got to a place YOU love in your writing. :clap:

  4. Shannon
      · April 27th, 2005 at 12:02 am · Link

    Whatever makes the story grow. :nod:

    Although…loving the blank page DOES make you weird.

    :lmao: Just kidding, luv.

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