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Qualifications for writers

There are times I wonder if I should really be aspiring to write fiction. My qualifications seem all wrong. I didn't have a troubled childhood filled with moments of life-changing trauma, I suffer from very little cultural displacement, and my dissatisfaction, distrust, and outright hatred for authority is sadly lacking.

But then I remember that, astounding as it may seem, there are actually happy people in this world, and perhaps, just maybe, they might be entitled to a representation in fiction too. And so, on I go, plowing my lonely row. (If you sensed some sarcasm in the preceding paragraph and a half--good! It was certainly intended!)

So I've updated the Dangerverse again, and yes, I did add a moment of life-changing trauma for many of my characters, and yes, I am depicting at least a few people with some major cultural displacement. But I've also tried to depict families and friendships which are, if quirky and occasionally infuriating, also loving and generally helpful.

Besides, isn't it a bit of a case of low-hanging fruit to always go for stories about troubled people, people with clear and obvious problems, people shaped by horrific events or terrifying moments? Most of us haven't got anything nearly that glaring in our own lives, but we still manage to be plenty messed up in our own little ways. 

I suppose a good segue here would be a discussion of my little areas of messed-up-ness, and how the DV has helped me deal with them, but I don't think you really want to know about all of that. Suffice it to say that yes, I have them, and yes, writing stories and reading reviews does help. Moving along.

I mentioned yesterday that with one more chapter, we enter into areas of the Dangerverse that I have been planning for quite a long time. This is, of course, the time covered by Luna's infamous vision, in which she sees the gravestone of Draco Regulus Black, with the date of death listed as the fifth of June, 1997. 

For anyone wanting more bits of information, I refer you to this post, two Sundays ago, with its list of rather innocuous spoilers (though read carefully... it's possible that bits of info are encoded within it that you might not get on a first reading!). For anything else... well, you're just going to have to wait and see, now aren't you?

I didn't know, when I first wrote Luna's vision, that it would be more than seven years before I would get around to writing the part of the story where it's fulfilled. In that time, a lot of you have noticed odd bits of it, and many of you have come up with theories. About them, I can only say... see the last sentence of the last paragraph!

Also, anyone who follows my Facebook page may have noticed my earlier post about and periods. This appears to have been a momentary glitch as the periods are now back in my emailed reviews. Still, very weird, and you might want to consider using commas, dashes, question marks, and exclamation points more.

Back to story content notes. For all those who've critiqued me for having an unrealistically low body count, yes, it does rise as the story gets into its final sections. However, there will be moments which may anger you. To that, I say only that I have been foreshadowing most of them for quite a while, and whose story is it anyway? 

For all those who have instead been angsting over the rising of the body count, it gets worse before it gets better... but it does get better. Pay attention to the foreshadowing, and above all, DON'T PANIC. Especially in chapter 42. (And now that I've said that, I bet you anything 42 turns out to be a filler chapter...)

There are dogs in my bedroom demanding love with very cold and wet noses, so I think I shall bring this blog entry to a close. Thank you all, as usual, for reading, and I shall do my best to continue the DV sooner rather than later, so that I can FINALLY give everybody the answers you've been wanting. And then perhaps the BC sequel?

3 Comments to Qualifications for writers:

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Elizabeth Conall on Sunday, September 29, 2013 6:37 PM
Know what the only qualification is for being a writer? Be someone who writes.
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Haminac on Monday, September 30, 2013 6:00 AM
I liked it. I liked how Graham and Natalie handled the situation and I was shocked when Graham got hit with black. I LOVED how you described the punishment vor Romilda Vane and I am looking forward very much to the next chapters and FINALLY the truth about this triple-damned vision of Luna's. Just because I want to know if my personal theory holds or not. I don't like the implications of the last sentence in the part about Draco but oh well, what can I do other than wait and hope and admit that it adds another rather interesting twist to this wohle thing. Also, the resolving of the Dumbledore-business promises some interesting possibilities on how, where, who (if even?), when :D *Goes and searches for her pompoms*
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