NOT YOUR USUAL SUSPECTS
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Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Can we say writing lightbulb moment?
With Her Dark Protector's central concept of an international secret justice society with unlimted resources stepping in to help the legal system, the core theme is obviously justice.
For the heroine state attorney, her belief system is justice is society's glue. For the hero who joined the Justice Alliance after his wife is murdered, justice has failed.
Add a character who believes he is the law, a bad guy who follows the law of the jungle and a second bad guy who is above the law, I had five different character threads to braid action => reaction. If heroine acted in accordance with justice is society's glue then what would jungle law bad guy do? How would 'I'm above the law' react to jungle law's action? Would the ensuing crisis reinforce the hero's conviction?
I used a sketch pad with columns representing each representation of justice and drew zigzagging lines from viewpoint to viewpoint. I now use this approach on every book, current one in process.
Thank you, J.K. Rowling!
Have you ever had a writing light bulb moment from something another person said?
:) Carol Stephenson
Her Dark Protector,
A Carina Press March 26, 2012 release and Audible.com
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