Wednesday, October 31, 2012
On occasion, really bad things. Sometimes it's a secondary character, at times a main character, even an antagonist is not exempt from being made to suffer.
How a character deals with these bad things (conflict) IS the story.
As a reader, even if it's the bad guy or gal, I relate to character's suffering and their attempt to overcome adversity.
Who undergoes the aforementioned bad stuff in most dark suspense and thriller books? No one is exempt. Anyone can become a target. Of fear, of harm, of whoever, or whatever, is on the prowl and out to get them.
Do you hear the shuffling on the front doorstep? The muffled bumps against the door? Are those scratches against wood?
Excuse me, I think I'll turn on the porch light, just to make sure there's a light on when darkness descends.