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Old 09-11-2016, 04:55 PM
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Hi collegedropout. My hat's off to you for realizing that you need to personalize experiences so you can write truthfully about them. I agree with you 100%. But experiences from the dark side cause a problem because most of us don't want to have those experiences. If your story walks the path of evil should the storyteller also do it.

Consider that if you truly empathize with evil there's the fear that you'll adopt it.

In a past screenplay, the main character was a serial rapist, who tortured, then killed and dismembered all the victims to avoid detection. I spent almost a year researching serial killers. I love researching and try to get as many facts as I can. But this time, the topic screwed up my life. I couldn't sleep. The nightmares were devastating. Even after I completed the project I had nightmares but with time they eased and finally never happened again. I now fully realize why many writers don't deal with the autonomy of evil and just let it go with a 'shit happens' POV.

The advice to beginning writers to write about what they know is good because the work will be more authentic. But carrying that to the extreme is probably not a good idea. Anyway, I think you're on the right track, just don't let your desire for authenticity overtake your wellbeing.

Have a nice writing day. wrc

Originally Posted by collegedropout View Post
On the one hand....I find writing the bad guy very easy. I get to talk about all the things that I WANT to do with impunity (reckless driving for example)....

On the other I keep spiralling down....I find the depths of the truly utter WICKEDNESS that I can achieve deeply disturbing...even to me....

One of the high hurdles that I'm probably going to have to cross at some point-- if I am to have any real chance of being successful-- is that THAT level of long as it only remains a story....only reduces me to the level of HUMAN. Given the RIGHT set of circumstances....most people are capable of kidnapping and murder (in my's far, far worse).... Thinking it is one thing....mind to screen is another.....actually DOING it is another....

The trap is that even if I really did dream up the perfect crime (never happen)...and even if I DID get away with it AND keep my mouth shut for the rest of my life.... I would know that I did it. And that would eat at me...with no way out.....

You're not dead 'til you're dead and when you are you won't know it. So, keep on writing and having fun.

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