marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

sharpening trouble and philosophy

Going back and introducing a character. Solely to make trouble.

I was thinking just that I had to give the heroine some conflict about whether to go on a journey that will constitute her committing herself to a course of study and then to working in a job for several years -- not an easy job, either. Drifting makes no plot, even in a bildungsroman.

Which is true. But then, I thought that the character introduced to do just that could also represent the view that she and others like her are a danger to their peace and safety. They do not go to all the trouble of working mighty spells because they are in just a little trouble without them.

Wise to work through what the philosophical conflicts in the story are. But then you have to drag them down to earth and turn them into characters and people and story.

The bulk of this one lies ahead. But a character's already in place now.
Tags: bildungsroman, characterization, conflict, plot devices, theme

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