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May 19, 2008
I believe I just had an insight into why - in part, at least - I struggle with writing fiction.

Even though I recognize that tension and conflict draw in and hook the reader, I don't know how to bring a character into the world and then allow bad things to happen to them.

I suspect that my desire for only good and beautiful and pleasant things for my characters would make my stories very dull.

So how does a writer let go... permit the characters to tell their story... without trying to control the process?

I must give this more thought.