This is my first check-in for #ROW80 Round 3 (linky).
My writing goals, at least, I’ve achieved. I wrote 1,200 words on minor scenes for Conkers; while they weren’t exactly vital scenes, they have helped me get an idea of what I know about the characters, and what needs more investigation. I also wrote a sonnet, and made my first attempt at writing a concrete poem.
Reading hasn’t progressed so well. I managed about fifty pages on The French Revolution; OK, but not enough to finish it in the three weeks I have.
Poetry entries (and a whole host of other things I need to get done) are being held up by the fact that my printer is broken. I’ll count progress on that if I can get the printer working by Sunday.
My largest piece of writing this week is one minor character’s reflection on fighting off monsters. This particular character is supposed to be an obnoxious follower of rules, so she feels quite appalled at having stepped in before legitimate authorities.
The problem is, I can’t work out why. I really want the character to object to the situation on principle, but that isn’t what’s coming through in my writing.
To try and work out a way around this, I ended up looking up a corresponding card in a Tarot book. That suggested that the kind of insistence on principle I want goes hand-in-hand with devaluing emotions.
So the answer is that the character isn’t emotionally appalled by her actions, and that’s exactly what worries her. Rightly or wrongly, she thinks fighting them as she has makes her a monster as well.
Good luck and happy writing!