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Writing Into a Corner
Earlier today I talked to a friend of mine who has founded several businesses. I wanted to run some of the scenarios in my novel past him to make sure they were plausible from a business perspective. Of course, the story isn’t about business. But it IS about the relationship between two people who do business together, so I want to make sure the business details hold water.
He gave me a suggestion on how to make a tighter link between the business connections and thereby raise the stakes higher. His idea made sense and I wove it in. Then I realized that if my characters crossed the line in the way I intended them to they might become unsympathetic. But yet, I so badly wanted them to cross the line in a particular way and a particular place.
What to do?
Had I painted myself into a corner?
Then, I remembered one of my writing rules that I’ve held tight to for years. You can never write yourself into a corner because you can always write yourself out of it. So I came up with another way into that particular way and particular place for line-crossing that will maintain the sympathy of the readers! (At least, I hope it well!)
And, really, that’s the great thing about writing. There are always solutions for problems in fiction.
A #1 New York Times Bestselling, #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling, and #1 Audible Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s sexy, sweet, and witty. She also writes USA Today bestselling LGBTQ romance.
With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than 100 times, with more than 55 titles on the USA Today Bestsellers list alone. She’s sold more than 4.5 million books. A Brown University graduate, Lauren likes dogs, cake and show tunes and is the vegetarian at your dinner party.