Both tonight and last night’s writing (sorry, I didn’t get chance to blog on that occasion!) centred on the main character making a stand when needed to. He puts his neck on the line – why? He has nothing left to lose. He sees himself as expendable and has little left to live for, so he takes no account of his own well-being. What is disturbing is that he is ambivalent not just about himself, but also about those around him. In fact, something of his dark side emerges, as he demonstrates a display of aggression and almost gratification from engaging and attempting to kill the enemy. I believe he is within the 2%. What do I mean by this? Well, I intend to elaborate a little more in a future blog, something which I feel is directly relevant to the experience of battle and combat which the main character now finds himself in.
In the meantime, here are five things which I feel I am learning whilst I write this section:
- It’s not easy to translate something I have visualised but never experienced into written form;
- Vivid description is important, but it’s also important not to go over the top;
- Technical descriptions give validity to the text, though it’s also important to maintain simplicity;
- There is conflict within the character, as well as one raging on around him;
- War is hell – so is writing about it!
Until the next entry…..