Write what you know: Exhaustion

Exhaustion is something may characters go through. It’s particularly common at the end of act 2, when the character has given all they have to give, but what does it feel like? I’ve had a couple of brushes with it. I’m not talking about just being tired. I’m talking about the bone weary exhaustion that makes you wonder if you’re going to be able to push on. Background: I’ve run several half marathons as well as a full one. I’ve hiked up a mountain after having no sleep. I’ve lain on the deck of a boat, curled into a fetal position because the effort of constantly throwing up drained much of my strength. I ran eight miles this morning in preparation for a half marathon in a week. Right now, I’m laying on my...

Write what you know: Getting thrown off a bridge.

One common piece of advice is “Write what you know.” I remember on one episode of Writing Excuses (Writing Excuses 5.30: Writing Action Larry Correia said “One thing I really recommend because a lot of people hesitate to write action because of that old rule about write what you know, but nobody here has ever sword-fought a dragon. OK? So don’t let that hold you back.” That’s good advice, but sometimes, it really does help to know certain things. If you know me, you know I occasionally do crazy things that could get me killed, and that I do these things under the guise of research, so you’re going to get the benefit of that. These posts will be under the category “Write what you know”. Enjoy! At one point or...