Friday, April 10, 2015

I is for Impossible: A to Z blogging challenge


Part of the fun of writing a superhero novel is removing the limits on what's possible. Nothing is impossible! People can fly, throw fire, transform into creatures, and have incredible strength. 

The challenge then, is in making sure that in this "anything could happen" atmosphere your readers have the oxygen they need to breathe, that the world and the people in it feel real, even while they deal with impossible things. 

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I think that's why my favorite superhero characters are the ones that are the most human. I've never been drawn to Superman. Nothing can hurt this man. He's so overpowered they had to invent another impossible thing (Kryptonite) just to have a way to slow him down long enough to build a story around him.

Peter Parker, on the other hand, struggles. He doesn't have enough money. He's got girlfriend issues. He's got some serious guilt issues. He's a flawed human being. In other words, he's interesting. Even without Doc Ock or Venom, I'd still care about Spiderman. 

As I wrote Going Through the Change, I wanted to write real
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women facing impossible things. These women have husbands, children, jobs, and friends. They have real world issues that women face all the time: health concerns, work/life balance problems, marriages, body image worries, aging and ageism quandaries. 

One of the things that has always drawn me to speculative fiction in all its many forms is that its a great playground for deep thoughts. Sure, on the surface, it might seem like a superhero story is all about the powers, but the best ones are about the people. The extraordinary, impossible circumstances of their lives just give a broader landscape to explore their issues in. 

My hope for Going Through the Change is that my readers think and have fun at the same time as they read it. 

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This posting is part of the A to Z blogging challenge, in which bloggers undertake to post every day in April, excepting Sundays, which amounts to 26 postings, one for each letter of the alphabet--preferably along a theme. My postings will all be about my debut novel and my experiences writing it and seeing it published.

Blogging A to Z is a great opportunity to connect with some excellent bloggers and interesting people. I encourage you to check out other participating blogs, too!
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6 comments:

  1. I'm so there with you about Superman - he's just too invulnerable for me. Spidey is definitely better :). Your superheroes sound great. My latest novel has superheroes too and they are such fun :).
    Tasha
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

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  2. Awesome! I can't wait to read your book!!!

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  3. Characters need to be flawed. But they also have to overcome their shortcomings or have a partner that can help balance them out as part of the character arc.

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    1. Those interactions are what make them "real."

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