I attended a writer's workshop and the president there discussed the down and dirty facts of writing; not being afraid to open up. Should I write about the real life pangs of child abuse? Should I describe how it feels to be sexually assaulted? How about the ugly thoughts of murder? Stephen King talks about honesty in his how-to book, On Writing.
So, what is honesty?
Imagine a fierce prince. He swears vengeance upon the neighboring kingdom. It shows in his face, his physique, his demeanor--but he never lifts a finger to hurt anyone. Would you believe that he could really follow through with his vengeance?
I know I wouldn't!
But that's how my novel started off. I didn't want any kind of violence in it. He sounded like a flake. Why would anyone want to follow him? I've grown since--I've had my characters drink blood--literally! I ain't squeamish no longer, though I won't do gore baths.
How honest do you keep your MCs?
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