Do you write and drive?

It’s illegal to text and drive but can I write in my head and drive at the same time safely?  Ponderous.

Anyway, I came to a crux on Sunday.  It’s one of those moments in story-telling where your decision could affect the outcome of the whole story.  It’s the “Death” decision.  Many writers at LTUE agreed that killing someone is a great way to keep interest.  Dumbledore, Sirius Black, Professor Lupin.  They all needed to die to force Harry to stand on his own and become a man.  But even in the end, Harry doesn’t cast the death spell on Voldemort. 

My crux came because I’d had this great idea to have my main character, Kyle, discover a spell.  It’s a cool spell.  But it had the potential of making him invincible.  DOH!  And then it came.  The death decision.  If you mean to shoot and kill someone, there is guilt but there should also be justification.  But if the gun goes off unintentionally and someone dies, can you ever touch a gun again?  But could I do that?

So I turned to my  lovely wife and asked for help.  She guided me wisely as she always does. It took me to new depths and created a more complex character.  It reminds me of the movie “Stranger than Fiction”.  I’m not really a big Will Ferrell fan but that was a great movie.  And it taught me same thing my wife did, sometimes they don’t have to die to make the story great.

This is the Novel Mage saying *POOF*


About markminson

Mark Minson lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. He enjoys playing games with his wife and five kids. He loves to sing and can often be found whistling as he walks. An avid shoe-wearer, you might run into him strolling down memory lane -- either his or somebody else’s. He brings humor to life through his many accents and movie quotes. He found his magic long ago, in a high school far, far away and now happily shares it with you. May you find your magic and share it with others.
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