Monday, July 13, 2015

Healthy Paranoia, the writer’s dream affliction

Have you found yourself expecting the worst? The worst case scenario, the worst outcome, that OMG, what would I do if?

 If you’re a writer you’re in good company. If you’re a reader, you’re in for a game of oops not that, no, no! Or, what more can happen to this poor soul the author is torturing, yet…why not throw one more thing at him or her?

Writers think ahead. When we go for a checkup to our physicians of choice, we’ve already decided how we’ll handle: skin cancer, heart attacks, debilitating diseases, and allergies. Writers are plagued with…well, plagues. Nothing is taken lightly in our own lives. But when writers are at their stations plotting against the lives of their characters, they are merciless. Readers love it; writers, who live with this paranoia, use it well. 

For readers of fiction Murphy’s Law rules. “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.”

For writers, Shapiro’s Law is closer to the truth. “Murphy was an optimist.”

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