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

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: Ginger Snap (earthwhatwere)
Posted at: August 28th, 2006 04:37 am (UTC)

The comedy comes easy for me, but so does the darker emotions. I remember writing Fathers & Sons and thinking "these people are fucked up." and in the next sentence Mel was cracking wise about something. It felt odd going from one extreme to another, but then I remembered that this was how Mel dealt with conflict and pain.

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