Jenkins Rising

#ROW80 R12, Week 3: Ill

This check-in (linky) will be fairly short, as I’m afflicted with a cold or flu or something at the moment.

I think I’m happy with what I’ve managed despite that.

While one day only got a last-minute haiku, I did write five days out of seven. And I got sizeable chunks written on Conkers on three of those, making a total of 1,600 words or so.  It seems like I do the most writing when I have a fever, for some reason.

Reflection, as usual, I’ve put off until today:

I’m worried what I’ve written this week is touching on topics I don’t know how to treat respectfully.

In particular, one of my characters was confronted by a mugger, overestimated her new powers, and got badly beaten up. The problem is, I have no idea how she would react to that.

Rightly or wrongly, I feel like I need to follow the Mary-Sue Test‘s advice to “carefully and thoughtfully researching the traumas/hardships/handicaps/disorders your character has” (very last question on the page).

The problem is that I haven’t actually gone and done the research. I did browse through the biographies in the library, but I felt as though “what does it feel like to be mugged?” was the wrong kind of question — as though I was being disrespectful to people’s stories by approaching them as a way to answer that.

I suspect I’ll have to try and answer it anyway, though; at least that way I’ll be better placed to reflect on it.


3 responses to “#ROW80 R12, Week 3: Ill”

  1. Oh, i know what you mean about treating difficult things respectfully. It’s a fine line, and, for me, it takes time and attentiveness.

    Fevers seem like fertile ground for imagery. While I hope you’re feeling better, now, I also hope you got a lot of great imagery out of yours! =)

  2. I hope you’re feeling 100 percent again. Kudos on writing five out of seven days. That’s great. And hats off for treating subjects as respectfully as possible. I think that’s something we may not always think about as writers. What a great reminder!

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