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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?

Is there someone who supported or influenced you that perhaps isn’t around anymore? Anyone you 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?

In my novel, things were escalating between two characters, to the point that the true nature of the one character was coming to the surface. But how far to take it?

I wrote the scene two different ways. It was an assault scene between a pirate and the main character. Scene B was more violent than scene A. And while either would have worked, I ended up going with the less violent/graphic scene. I suppose because of who the pirate character was, the fact that he was a pirate, a violent attack could have fit and made sense.

While that type of character in real life might have taken advantage of the other to the extreme, I hadn’t completely written him in the same way. The two characters had developed a good relationship, even if initially it was based on rather selfish reasons. And though the relationship was strained at that moment, it felt to me that particular kind of assault was out of place. Ultimately, I chose the less violent of the two.

For while, I was conflicted about which to use. Because scene B was more realistic. So I wrote both and sent them to a friend who was my beta reader at the time. While she appreciated both, I think she came to the same conclusion as I had. So I ditched scene B and went with scene A instead. And I’m glad I did.

6 comments on “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?

  1. nancygideon
    March 2, 2022

    Aren’t BETA readers life savers?! I’ve been at the Bridge Too Far and always want to cross it until more mainstream minds convince me to take that more safely traveled road. Still, with every book, I edge a little closer . . .


  2. patgarcia
    March 2, 2022

    It is a good thing to have friends around that you can trust to be honest with you.
    Wishing you all the best.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange


  3. Jacqui Murray
    March 2, 2022

    Good discussion on how you arrived at the decision. That made a lot of sense.


  4. J.S. Pailly
    March 2, 2022

    Sounds like you made a good choice. Going super violent with pirates does make sense, but sometimes it’s good to play against the reader’s expectations.


  5. alexjcavanaugh
    March 2, 2022

    Sometimes a little less is better. Got to keep with the tone of the characters and their relationship.


  6. Kathy McKendry
    March 3, 2022

    I think it’s good you let your character’s over all personality help you decide which one to go with and it’s great that your Beta Reader was there to help you too!


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