It seems apt this week that I’m using a quote by Sir Terry Pratchett, when my brain is steeped in fantasy! In truth I always try to remember these words, because I have a tendency to avoid difficult emotional scenes – especially those involving death.
I like to use humour in my work. I’m not always successful, but I give it my best shot. The humour in my Morgan and Fairchild series (not fantasy) comes from my brother and the stories he shares with me about the camaraderie within the army. It’s a fact that in certain professions humour is a necessity if only to deal with the difficulties of the job. But that doesn’t mean I should shy away from describing the physical and emotional effects of battle. I’m learning that with my latest character. She has an acerbic wit, which I use to balance things out when the situation calls for it. But as for the horrors of war – I try to reflect that to the best of my ability.
What about you? How do you deal with scenes involving tragedy and death? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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