Re: Do you prefer to see your character grow and succeed or tormented and suffer?

#5
To be honest, I find it annoying.

I will challenge a character, I will make them earn something, and I will end something bittersweet if need be. However, the whole keep beating them down constantly gets old real fast. Not the audience for that sort of thing. I'm not that kind of writer either. I don't find it enjoyable.

Re: Do you prefer to see your character grow and succeed or tormented and suffer?

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LJ Wrote: To be honest, I find it annoying.

I will challenge a character, I will make them earn something, and I will end something bittersweet if need be. However, the whole keep beating them down constantly gets old real fast. Not the audience for that sort of thing. I'm not that kind of writer either. I don't find it enjoyable.
Fair enough. I've written plenty of feelgood stories too, I just seem to gravitate towards hardship for my characters more. I guess I just enjoy a good struggle or need to claw their way through misery. (Shrugs)

Re: Do you prefer to see your character grow and succeed or tormented and suffer?

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Camelboy Wrote:
LJ Wrote: To be honest, I find it annoying.

I will challenge a character, I will make them earn something, and I will end something bittersweet if need be. However, the whole keep beating them down constantly gets old real fast. Not the audience for that sort of thing. I'm not that kind of writer either. I don't find it enjoyable.
Fair enough. I've written plenty of feelgood stories too, I just seem to gravitate towards hardship for my characters more. I guess I just enjoy a good struggle or need to claw their way through misery. (Shrugs)


only in darkness can light shine brightly 

Re: Do you prefer to see your character grow and succeed or tormented and suffer?

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Camelboy Wrote: I like to give the main character a taste of happiness, of love, then rip it away violently. I make them try to claw their way back to it, screaming. Maybe I'll reward them for their effort and struggle, maybe I won't. Only time tells from story to story.

Oh, so you're a bit different from me.
I like inducing character development through suffering. 

Hmm...how to explain it.
Rather than going through a 1:0 of pain and pleasure, I just combine both into a single feeling, and that constituted the struggle, the conflict, and the character development. 

Re: Do you prefer to see your character grow and succeed or tormented and suffer?

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Sake Wrote:
Camelboy Wrote: I like to give the main character a taste of happiness, of love, then rip it away violently. I make them try to claw their way back to it, screaming. Maybe I'll reward them for their effort and struggle, maybe I won't. Only time tells from story to story.

Oh, so you're a bit different from me.
I like inducing character development through suffering. 

Hmm...how to explain it.
Rather than going through a 1:0 of pain and pleasure, I just combine both into a single feeling, and that constituted the struggle, the conflict, and the character development.
I like it :) what fiction of yours do you think this is most utilized?

Re: Do you prefer to see your character grow and succeed or tormented and suffer?

#13

Camelboy Wrote:
Sake Wrote:
Camelboy Wrote: I like to give the main character a taste of happiness, of love, then rip it away violently. I make them try to claw their way back to it, screaming. Maybe I'll reward them for their effort and struggle, maybe I won't. Only time tells from story to story.

Oh, so you're a bit different from me.
I like inducing character development through suffering. 

Hmm...how to explain it.
Rather than going through a 1:0 of pain and pleasure, I just combine both into a single feeling, and that constituted the struggle, the conflict, and the character development.
I like it :) what fiction of yours do you think this is most utilized?

nothing on rr

Re: Do you prefer to see your character grow and succeed or tormented and suffer?

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Sake Wrote:
Camelboy Wrote:
Sake Wrote:
Camelboy Wrote: I like to give the main character a taste of happiness, of love, then rip it away violently. I make them try to claw their way back to it, screaming. Maybe I'll reward them for their effort and struggle, maybe I won't. Only time tells from story to story.

Oh, so you're a bit different from me.
I like inducing character development through suffering. 

Hmm...how to explain it.
Rather than going through a 1:0 of pain and pleasure, I just combine both into a single feeling, and that constituted the struggle, the conflict, and the character development.
I like it :) what fiction of yours do you think this is most utilized?

nothing on rr
So sad

Re: Do you prefer to see your character grow and succeed or tormented and suffer?

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The question seems to imply that there's some sort of ultimatum between either them being tormented or succeeding when in truth you can have them be tormented and succeed after that. The more hardships and obstacles they have to overcome, the greater the reward they will reap, right? That being said, placing your characters in horrible situations is really fun, cause that's when they show their true colours and virtue and get to shine the most in my opinion.

Re: Do you prefer to see your character grow and succeed or tormented and suffer?

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Armorien Wrote: The question seems to imply that there's some sort of ultimatum between either them being tormented or succeeding when in truth you can have them be tormented and succeed after that. The more hardships and obstacles they have to overcome, the greater the reward they will reap, right? That being said, placing your characters in horrible situations is really fun, cause that's when they show their true colours and virtue and get to shine the most in my opinion.
Or you could put them through hell and they end up mentally cracked or become the antagonist :) delicious

Re: Do you prefer to see your character grow and succeed or tormented and suffer?

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Camelboy Wrote:
Armorien Wrote: The question seems to imply that there's some sort of ultimatum between either them being tormented or succeeding when in truth you can have them be tormented and succeed after that. The more hardships and obstacles they have to overcome, the greater the reward they will reap, right? That being said, placing your characters in horrible situations is really fun, cause that's when they show their true colours and virtue and get to shine the most in my opinion.
Or you could put them through hell and they end up mentally cracked or become the antagonist :) delicious
Only problem with this is that I love writing protagonists who are already mentally cracked, not necessarily in an evil way mind you, but in a way that makes them come off as strange to those around them. So when you put them through hell, they tend to just take it as motivation and as a means to continue.

Re: Do you prefer to see your character grow and succeed or tormented and suffer?

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My writing’s somewhere in between—I like to write characters having fun and succeeding, but at the same time, a plot can’t plot on it’s own, right? A lot of my characters ultimately get happy endings, but after having been troubled in the past (one of my favorite OCs is an example of this); then there are the characters who start out nice, and during the story their lives go horribly wrong very quickly. Overall, though, whether I prefer one over the other is situational.