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Hurt Me! Love Me!
by Ginger Snap (earthwhatwere)
at August 25th, 2006 (02:02 pm)
contemplative

current location: Big Damn Writers
current mood: contemplative
Soundtrack: Patty Griffin: Standing

The device of hurt/comfort has been around fandom since before the Internet, probably before zines. I think that in a lot of ways it's a dual payoff for the reader in that there's action and conflict, and then there's a platform for the characters to bond and grow closer together.

Oddly enough for me, writing hurt/comfort is easy. What I really have a hard time writing is conflict for the characters, especially conflict that will hurt the characters emotionally or cause division between characters. I want things to be happy and good for the characters, and then I remind myself that if there's no conflict, there's no story.

Which do you find easier to write: hurt/comfort or emotional/interpersonal conflicts? Do you have problems writing either?

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Posted by: cornfields (cornfields)
Posted at: August 28th, 2006 12:24 pm (UTC)
_chokeanddie: jayne cute

I want the characters to deal with whatever they are conflicted over before the hurt/comfort comes into things. I want them more than halfway to healing before I abuse them physically.

Yes.

Hurt/comfort for the sake of hurt/comfort is a major turn off for me.

And yes! We do love to abuse our playthings, eh? ;)

Posted by: Ginger Snap (earthwhatwere)
Posted at: August 28th, 2006 03:58 pm (UTC)

If the characters are striving toward dealing with their problems, I can do or accept hurt/comfort within the story. When I think about it, I've left a lot of things unresolved with characters simply because in reality, I couldn't see things being perfect and resolved. I tried not to leave major plot threads unresolved, but a lot of what I've written in fandoms within my journal deals with struggle in very imperfect worlds.

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