I’ve been mulling over a growing uneasiness with my Witchfire story line. It has been an uneasiness strong enough to give me writer’s block. Tonight, I think I finally figured out what it was.
Witchfire’s stories are set in a universe created as part of a superheroine peril site; DangerBabeCentral.com. It’s fairly tame as superheroine exploitation sites go, but I still hated the way the characters were violated repeatedly, portrayed as air-headed at times, and just accepted getting violated as a hazard of being a superhero.
Witchfire was my attempt to drop a new character into that mess like another friend, Comixfana had done previously, and create a more tolerable yet hopefully still sexy version of that world.
Early on… Like 3 paragraphs into chapter 1, I realized she was coming off as the world’s bitchiest Mary Sue though. So instead I dialed her down, tried to make her more human, and instead ended up with her being just another victim instead.
I also subconsciously fell into a pattern of projecting my own self doubts into her. She was younger and couldn’t get anybody to listen to her, so the story arc got stuck in a repeating loop and I had to bring in another character to do what she SHOULD have done.
Those of you who don’t know Comixfana’s character are getting introduced to him this upcoming chapter. Part of Sully’s lessons are going to be “you could have done this yourself if you didn’t let them make you doubt yourself”.
Moving forward, my answer will be bringing the She-Legion up to Witchfire’s level instead of “dumbing” her down to the level of DBC stories. That will require upping the bad guys’ game a little too, but that will only make the stories more exciting going forward.
I hope this makes the stories more enjoyable for everyone, and will MAYBE set a better example for those reading the DBC fan fiction page.
As a side note, constructive comments on this or anything I write are ALWAYS welcome. Anything where that might not be the case will have comments turned off. You can disagree with me freely, just do so in a polite manner. If you do that, I will NOT block you, drop you from my followed blogs list, etc… Polite disagreement and discussion is how we learn and grow. I am still capable of being friends with somebody and disagreeing with them on some things also.
Needless to say, positive feedback is also extremely welcome, LOL