I’m dissecting the article Hunting Down the Pleonasm, by Allen Guthrie, using it as a cattle prod to search for little nasties in my manuscript. Yep, you can join in the fun, too. Let’s take a looksee at topic #20
20: Torture your protagonist. It’s not enough for him to be stuck up a tree. You must throw rocks at him while he figures out how to get down.
I just love this one. Honestly, I fought this for a while in one of my novels. I just loved that poor little MC so much. My beta partner screamed at me to torture him, but I couldn’t.
Of course, now I have grown. If he has to get across the street, he will have to weave in and out of umpteen explosions as the alien bear down on him, only to get to the other side to be caught in a tractor beam, and while he is immobilized, his girlfriend gets beaten up by an alien…. Okay, that’s not a real plotline of one of my books (yet-Tee hee) but you get the picture.
Easy is boring. Never make it easy. This goes back into adding conflict. Each time you sit down think: “How am I going to torture him/her today?”
And then don’t be all nice and wuss out. LET HIM/HER HAVE IT! They will forgive you after they get their happy ending.