Thursday, January 28, 2010
What keeps our interest? In speaking only for me, the characters must be believable. They don’t always have to ride a white horse or come charging over the hill brandishing the cavalry insignia fluttering in the wind. I just have to believe in them and their intentions. If the main character takes a direction that always leads him (or her) into harm’s way, how can the cavalry know when to blow its bugle and show up to save their hide? We as characters in the story of our nation have grown to expect such “butt saving”. We need to feel confident that the fort is nearby, but common sense and good judgment is, at some point, our own responsibility. How confident are you going to be if the fort commander states.
“Don’t worry about it, I will just add soldiers, go on into harm’s way. Don’t worry about getting out of this predicament. I will take care of everything.”
If the first that comes to you mind is NOT, “How are you going to do that?” then, you better have a plan “B”.
How far into this book will you take yourself with unbelievable characters and plot line until you say “I have had enough of this fairy tale”? Maybe it is time to revise the script or characters.
What kind of story line are we going to leave for our children to READ? This book has too good of a beginning and middle for the end to be to our un-liking and end up as a tragedy..