Realistic writing – It’s all in the suffering

G.L. Cromarty

How many times have you read a book where Mr Average is thrown into an extraordinarily strenuous adventure, and never a moments consideration that they may be ‘a wee bit tired’ or ‘suffer a spot of muscle ache’? Perhaps our heroine has to hang onto a window sill by her finger tips, but she is not a former circus acrobat or the high school gymnastics queen.

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It happens all too often. It’s as if they forget to feel pain, to ache, or indeed to suffer once their adventure kicks in. Even a regular jogger would be out of puff if they were suddenly expected to engage in a marathon length sprint!

The last thing we want is a whiny protagonist, but I do think it adds realism to our story if we see through their actions and words the suffering they endure.  When I think of a really good example of a hero suffering, I always…

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