Sunday, March 13, 2011

The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep.- Robert Frost

Happy Sunday people! I am getting ready to dive into the final edit of Dark Corners before I send it off to my (possibly) new editor. This is a particularly dark tale of murder, isolation, and doubt. As a person I am actually a fairly happy, cheerful, and, dare I say it, optimistic sort. As a reader, watcher, and writer I gravitate towards the dark side. Which leads me to my question for you guys today, what is the appeal of writing dark characters for you?

For me the appeal is the freedom that comes with a particularly dark character. They don't care what others think and they are not tied down to the normal constraints of society. They are simply allowed to exist exactly as they choose. And that is a lot of fun to write.

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7 comments:

Elizabeth Sharp said...

First off, that is one of my favorite poems. Just saying. :D

I'm a very conservative "good girl" who's idea of being wild has been coloring my hair funny colors, peircing my ears or getting a shoulder tattoo. To me the dark characters appeal because I know I could never have that kind of wildness, of not being weighed down with what ifs and how comes...

C.G. Powell said...

That is a very good point about dark characters, their lack of restaints tend to make them more interesting those who do as everyone else.

S.E. Gordon said...

Because you never know what you will find when you push them to their limits...

Pamela Mason said...

Are there really cookies on the dark side Liz?

Lizzie's Blog said...

Yes, there are cookies on the dark side or I wouldn't visit. I mean the people who are actually dark and gloomy may not eat the cookies, in fact they might even scoff at the cookies but as a tourist I have no problem with them. Hahahaha

V.K. Tremain said...

I agree...it's the freedom of the characters. The push outside the boundaries of people/humanity. LOL my dark character likes cookies, and roasting marshmallows, I personally wouldn't roast marshmallows over what he's burning, but he doesn't seems to mind too much lol.

SJHanson said...

I love reading books that have main characters that are darker, but writing dark characters has always been hard for me.

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