Sometimes, he responds to a writing prompt.

The writing prompt said, “Write about your protagonist’s favorite fictional hero.”

I don’t normally make use of writing prompts, because I don’t like them. Too often, they’re things like “Write about what you got your dad for Father’s Day” (which assumes that every person seeing that prompt has a good relationship with their father  — or any relationship with their father), or “Write about the color of love” (which is both sappy AND trite).

So, why am I responding to a writing prompt this time?

It’s simple:  It happens to juxtapose perfectly with things I’m actually writing of late — meaning, things that have a place in stories I intend to do something with — and it isn’t something I’ve seen done better already by authors I admire (like the “Write about waking up in a hospital” one  *weird fanboy grin*).

The question is, Which protagonist?  However, since I automatically thought of GM when I saw this prompt, and I couldn’t pick out JG’s one favorite fictional hero if I tried, and MC doesn’t read much fiction, I’ll go with GM’s:

He’s a complex person, which I think a lot of readers miss because they’re just paying attention to the adventure-story-ness of it all.  You’ve gotta expect that complexity, though, if you think about it.  This guy’s lived a long time, y’know?  (And yeah, I feel really stupid sometimes for not recognizing certain similar personality traits in people I’m friends with.  In my own defense, I can only say that I was really, really distracted at the time.)  So.  My ‘favorite fictional hero.’  Semi-immortal, not-really-human (although he does a damn good job of passing for one), warrior with a poet’s soul, yadda yadda yadda.  Someone whom Murphy, God of Dangerous Serendipity, seems to have it out for, ’cause he almost always ends up on the losing side in any conflict he gets involved in.  Or at least his side wins, but he doesn’t.

Hmm.  Geoffrey’s “voice” is a lot like mine, isn’t it?  He should sound a bit like me, because of all the characters in my stories, he’s the one who has a background most like my own — at least up to a point.  *sigh*  That probably means I need to contribute more to my clone’s current WIP than just letting him borrow some of my people again, since Geoffrey is a major character in The Madness Engine (one of the three primary viewpoint characters), and he’s not supposed to sound like the others (he’s a foreigner, after all).

And yes, O Readers of my blog, if you think you have spotted a… theme (*’nother weird grin*) in my blog posts for today, you probably have.  It’s that kind of day.


About Thomas Weaver

I’m a writer and editor who got into professional editing almost by accident years ago when a friend from university needed someone to copyedit his screenplay about giant stompy robots (mecha). Having discovered that I greatly enjoy this kind of work, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use ever since as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom. I'm physically disabled, and for the past several years, I’ve lived with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far. My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have six cats. (The preferred term is "Insane Cat Gentleman.") I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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