Smeerp of Wonder
- Oct 13, 2008
- West Sussex, UK
It struck me a while ago that perhaps the most fun way to write a book would be to have the characters do things you wish you could do, but experience hardship and danger while doing so.
There's a bit of this in Goddess Project, with the freediving in ancient ruins and so on, but not a lot. I made it more of a conscious thing in the YA I wrote recently, and it seemed to speed the writing up and make it more involving, though that might have been for other reasons. I'm thinking of trying it in the third Fire Stealers book as much as possible within the confines of the plot.
Does anyone else adopt this as a conscious approach, or do you recognise that you've done it unconsciously? What are the advantages and pitfalls you've experienced or can foresee? When might it become indulgent?