Wednesday, March 2, 2022

IWSG: Conflicting Stories and Scenes


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Thanks to our host Alex Cavanaugh and this month's co-hosts:  Janet Alcorn, Pat Garcia, Natalie Aguirre, and Shannon Lawrence!

This month's optional question is: Have you ever been conflicted about writing a story or adding a scene to a story? How did you decide to write it or not?

No conflicts about writing a story, but I have been conflicted about whether or not to kill a character. I wanted to add to the word count so thought about killing a character which would add another murder to investigate, hence more words. Instead of doing that, though, I quit being lazy and fleshed out the story instead. LOL. 

And anyway, when I asked myself if the murder would have added anything to the story, the answer was "no". 


Any conflicting stories or scenes you were hesitant to write? 
What were your deciding factors? 
Did you decide to write it or not?


 

19 comments:

  1. Glad you decided to flesh out the story instead of add a murder scene that wouldn't add anything to your story. It's great you asked yourself what the scene would truly add to your story and decided against it when you answered the question honestly.

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    1. Yes, I can feel when something's not right in my story. That leads me to asking questions, and of course I have to answer myself honestly. I'm so annoying sometimes. LOL.

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  2. Proof that easier is not always better. Smart choice.

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  3. Let's hear it for lazy writers! Wait, that's not a good rallying cry.

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  4. I had a similar conflict once, but I ended up killing the character anyway :)

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  5. I don't think you can ever really go wrong with murder...

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  6. Sounds like you made a good decision. "Does it add anything to the story?" really is the key question.

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    1. Yes, I didn't thank myself for it, but it was the best thing. LOL.

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  7. Fleshing over axing...got it. Good tip!

    You are right. There needs to be a reason for adding words, if not it feels contrived.

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