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21 November 2011 @ 09:09 am
I don’t even know which book she’s reading.  

But I just got a *lovely* compliment from a friend of mine, who said on Twitter “CE Murphy is wonderfully unkind to her characters, and you understand why they’re making this mistake even as you get that it’s a bad idea.”

That is by far one of the nicest things anybody’s ever said about my writing. :) The understanding more than the unkindness, I know I’m awful to my poor characters, but it’s so nice to see that the motivations are making sense. Clarifying motivation in characters does not come easily to me (I am not all that introspective myself, and “It seemed like a good idea at the time” is generally as far as my awareness of my motivations go), and I’ve worked hard on it, and now I am all full of hearts and starry eyes. <3 <3 <3 *.* :)

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Megabitchmegabitch on November 21st, 2011 09:48 am (UTC)
But if you were nice to your characters, there'd be no story because they'd never have any problems to solve or be in any danger... I love authors who just keep piling the crap on the poor characters and then watching them dig their way out (or not, sometimes they fail, it keeps us readers on our toes). "As soon as the character thinks that they are making progress... smack 'em in the face with a haddock."
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on November 21st, 2011 11:12 am (UTC)
Yes, that's good. There are times when I see a writer follow the dramatically necessary rather than the nice route, and I swear a bit, but it's more "Damn you, Catie, did you really have to ... yes, I suppose you did" than anything else.

I was recently reading the two Noise novels by Ian Whates, and was struck by the way that he not only has miscellaneous bystanders killed, but he's not afraid to knock off characters in whose heads we've resided. That way lies proper jeopardy.

I accidentally looked at the back cover of the second while still half way through the first. There are two massive spoilers, one of which is a reference to the death of a major character.

(Ian is known in these parts as Big Ian. He is big - he makes me feel small - and he is also often to be found in the vicinity of Little Ian, also known as Ian Watson, who is possibly half his weight. Little Ian is one of those writers whose works I encountered in my teens, and I never expected to be encountering him at parties decades later.)
kyle cassidykylecassidy on November 22nd, 2011 08:14 pm (UTC)
Someone came up to me at Philcon and asked me if I "was the guy who did the No Dominion cover". Your fans, they are everywhere.
kitmizkit on November 22nd, 2011 08:34 pm (UTC)
Assuming it's the same person who mentioned meeting you to me, she also said to me, "I got introduced to the model's daughter!" SO COOL! *beams*