Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Emotional toll . . .

To write from a character's point of view, you have to occupy his mind for a time. Sometimes, as with my characters: Jonathon and Kayla, that can be a good thing. These are good, decent people. There are times, necessarily, when you have to put them through turmoil. And since you occupy their mind, you put yourself through turmoil. With good characters doing decent things, even through tragedy, this can and may even be beneficial to the writer, but also emotionally draining.

On the flip side is the murky bog that are the minds of the bad guys. In my novel there resides a pretty evil nemeses who does numerous despicable acts. One of which is child molestation. I must say, I wrote these scenes with trepidation. I hesitated before putting myself in this deviant mind, but ultimately, it's the only way to write from his pov. But I did have to take periodic breaks from this perverted mind meld.

I started a new novel with a scene where the good guy comes across a scenario where a sicko is trying to kidnap a little girl so he can what else . . . rape her. I guess I use the child molestation for my bad guys because what better way to garner hatred for the guy. I think these scenes work very well---they may, if I may be so bold, even be powerful. The problem is I'm not sure how many more times I can do it. I know I don't ever want to get to a place where it's easy or comfortable to write them.

I assume I'm not the only one, but I'd be curious to hear what other writers have to say. Does this happen to you?