My major problem having a blog that’s not explicitly made to hold my fiction is I never know what to post in it. However, today I got a very nice question on Tumblr and I answered it in a variety of ways that satisfied me, and Tumblr is a terrible website for archival purposes, eyemow, so I’ll put them up here as one of these posts. Enjoy!
Expressions of Literalchemy is a series collecting and cleaning up posts I made about writing that I originally posted to my tumblr. Eventually I’ll run out of those and have to do new material, but for now, whatever.
On tumblr, I posted a lot of things to a personal tag, “Literalchemy.” It was a tag I used for thoughts about writing. For privacy reasons, and because a lot of fucked up people on tumblr hate me for no reason, I decided to remove my tumblr from search engine indexing. Because tumblr is a bad website this has also prevented me from finding a lot of good shit I posted about writing on this tag. So I have turned indexing briefly back on, so I could find some Literalchemy posts, and cross-post them here. I will be calling these particular crossposts “Expressions of Literalchemy” because I am obsessed with personal dramatics.
Anyway, here we go, I hope these prove useful or interesting to you.
Character deaths can pretty easily become a tired gimmick as an author, especially when it comes to edgy adult genre fiction. There are so many dudes out there writing “dark fantasy” who are spoken of in terms of The Body Count. You pick up their latest books or watch TV adaptations and you do so wondering who’s gonna go. It’s the big question when people discuss the work. Is your favorite character gonna die?
And it’s a pretty effective way to push paper out of warehouses, but I find it painfully boring and offputting. Because it’s not really the character’s death that you care about so much: it’s the aftermath. What will the story be like without them? That can be interesting when done right, but lately I’m just finding it really schlocky.