April 02, 2017

A To Z Challenge "B"



Robin Carr, a well-published author wrote, "A great writer chases her hero up a tree and then throws rocks at her."
A to Z 2017 Theme: Rocks to Throw At A Hero Who Is Up A Tree

Of course, we all know that 'up a tree' is closely related to 'up a creek without a paddle' or in 'hot water'. The hero has been written into a predicament, a challenge, onto a thin ledge!

(Big Secret: Really great writers have a little mean streak in them.)

Did her partner just abandon our hero, absconding with the loot from their joint account? Is the author throwing the threat of Bankruptcy at her maybe even destitution? Possibly said-partner mortgaged their Bungalow and Business to the hilt Before suddenly dying after Being hit by a speeding BMW while jogging.(Bummer!)

When she slowly crept out of the apple tree (see 'A') did the Battered Bear come back for revenge and applesauce?

Maybe, having missed the CONSTRUCTION AHEAD warning signs, she was  hit in the head with a falling Brick as she wandered down the sidewalk looking for the address of a possible house to rent. Result: amnesia from the Brain injury.

Has our heroine been saddled with Beauty, which, as we all know, attracts gigolos, threatens other women, and seriously affects the way strangers look at her; suspecting shallowness and an apparent intellectual deficit!

Rocks that a writer might throw at the Budding hero are always Barriers to struggle through, or hurdle over. Try as they may, crawling under or swerving around never, ever work for mean old authors, or real life! Thankfully she (the hero, not the writer) is usually accompanied by a good Buddy, a new Buddy or a deceitful old Buddy (that would be  "Bad, Bad ex-Buddy" but not necessarily Bad Bad Leroy Brown).

 Oh, and then, of course, the writer can throw a 'bad, bad buddy" into the mix who, only appears to be bad but ends up just having a secret (drama) and it can't be shared.  Therefore, so-called-ex-buddy-bad-guy, who our heroine has been suspicious of for two-thirds of the book, turns out to be a best buddy, after all.

Booyah!

17 comments:

  1. 'b' is for 'bloviator' (see donald dump).

    and I LOVE keith haring's artwork!

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    1. Anne Marie, I love that you are doing your own BLOTUS A TO Z Challenge! Bloviator is perfect!

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  2. Well, that's it then..."Bad Bad Leroy Brown" is now playing over and over in my head!

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  3. If authors have a mean streak...what about poets? :) Here from the A-Z and enjoyed your B post, quite a Broad collection of B words - Brilliant!

    Best wishes,
    Nilanjana
    From Madly-in-Verse

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  4. Love this. As an author, I torture my characters are the time, the hero and heroine more often than any.

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    1. I am sure you may be sadistic with only the best intentions!

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  5. A great set of B scenarios. They all sound like good stories!

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    1. Might have to string them together in a screen play of highly dysfunctional apartment dwellers. Ensemble cast!

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  6. I agree that the more Burdens you can Belt onto your characters, the Better! Love these possibilities.

    Chronicle of a Cranky Horsewoman--B is for Boobs http://candacecarrabus.com

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    1. Enjoyed your posts,Cranky Horsewoman. Going to look into your books.

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  7. I absolutely love your theme. I would think of some B way to convey that, but I'm slightly Brain dead at this point in the day (hey, look--a B!)

    B is for Belief


    Kaye Draper, Paranormal, Fantasy, and Romance Author

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    1. Brain dead works for me only because I can relate! I'm having fun with this theme!

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  8. Bullets often can be used against the hero as well as by the hero. In more extreme cases a writer might resort to bombs.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Sheesh, Bomb and bullets, where was my brain?

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  9. Actually, I usually have a spaceship land, or the gods turn up wit the Wild Hunt and chase the villain away. Moves the story on a treat! My secondary students keep asking me why I have so many damned spaceships. One said she wished I could set a story at the supermarket, so I did - and had a spaceship in the carpark and little green men carrying jars of jam into it...

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