I have one more scene to write to finish the draft for my short Muddy River story. It has to be big and impressive…so I put it off until tomorrow. It’s not something to write at the END of the writing day. I’m going to struggle to pull it off. But all battles, even the small ones, have to be important to create some kind of tension.
Not all battles involve weapons. Inner battles can prove as difficult as sword and sorcery. Maybe a character needs to overcome doubt to find the courage to go after his or her dream. Maybe he has a habit to break, a health issue to overcome, or something to prove to himself. Mae Clair posted a flash fiction today with a story that said a lot with only a few words. The twin in the story learned that he didn’t have to impress anyone other than himself. https://maeclair.net/2020/07/29/fiction-in-a-flash-challenge-10-pursoot-iartg-asmsg-writingcommunity/
Most stories have internal and external battles for the protagonist to wrestle with. Characters have lots of hurdles to cross before they reach the end of a book. I recently finished reading Krista Davis’s THE DIVA COOKS A GOOSE. It’s a cozy mystery, and I really enjoyed it. No serial killer stalked innocent victims and no gritty crime scenes made me cringe. But I gladly turned pages because nearly every character struggled with something. One of the suspects was stuck in a dead end job and wanted to own a bakery. Another was in love with his friend’s fiancé. The diva was trying to entertain her family over the holidays and solve a murder. The joy of mysteries is that, most often, someone wants something enough to kill for it. Learning the suspects’ motives is as much fun as finding the clue that solves the case.
I hope all of your battles are small and you emerge a conqueror. Happy Writing!