I need new suspensions

I’ve spent the last few days trying to expel some sort of creeping flue like crud from my system so I’m not up for a long blog post today. I’m still bouncing back and forth between the screenplay and the book with neither really burning my fire. I’ll have a day where I’m excited about it and it reads pretty good and then the next day it all seems ridiculous.

That seems to be the root of my troubles right now. All of this stuff just seems so stupid in the larger scheme of life. There aren’t any huge plot or logic holes, just a general sense that this would never happen in real life. I have no trouble suspending my disbelief when watching movies or reading other books, but with my own stuff lately I can’t shake this feeling that unless it’s boring and non-dramatic then it’s unrealistic.

Anybody else have trouble with this?

7 thoughts on “I need new suspensions

  1. I usually get this at the plotting stage. I ask myself, “Is there any reason anyone would read this, instead of some other story?” If there’s not something there I really like, I try to turn things up a notch, or else I just move on. So this doesn’t really come up once I start writing.

  2. I’m all about the unrealism, me. I mean, I can’t think of a single fiction book off the top of my head that could be classed as genuinely realistic. Some are just more realistic than others, but they all push it in one way or another.

  3. I don’t know exactly where the suspension of disbelief is breaking down for you, but I find that one thing that breaks it for me is lack of consistency. If you’ve got scenes that are over the top and the rest of it is firmly rooted in the real world, or vice versa, that might be par of the problem.

    I think it comes down to what you’re willing to accept in other writers. If you’re okay with someone else doing it, or not as the case may be, and why, then try applying that criteria to your own writing.

    Now if none of this made a lick of sense blame the cold medicine I’m on.

  4. You’d be surprised at the strange, bizarre, unusual and amusing tales that really do happen. My time logged as an alternative high school teacher supplies me with many such stories, told by my students.

    I think, perhaps, you should worry less about the believability and tell a good yarn. Almost anything could really happen to anyone.

    And maybe when the story is done, it will seem more believable.

    Or, maybe, just write somethign stupid, silly, insane, and/ or just for fun. I know sometimes I get caught up overthinking about what will get published, where I’ll submit it, whether this is the write word or that and the writing isn’t fun. It’s laborious and stressfull. And the product sucks. But that’s just me.

    Good luck.

  5. “… this would never happen in real life.” — Maybe this is one component of a great crime story — sequences of events that would not happen in real life.

    It seems like maybe part of the problem is when a writer breaks “the deal” he or she had established with readers at the beginning of the story and basically goes from one presenting world (say, a very grounded and realistic one) to another (a wild and fantastic word where people behave quite differently) in the same story. I know I’ve committed that sin more than a few times. And I’m sure I will again. Sire-fire way to destroy any suspension of disbelief, I’ve learned painfully.

  6. Well considering the story starts with a former child star working as a bounty hunter in Detroit who kills his former co-star, the realism bar has been set on the lower end.

    I really need to start commenting more on my comments. You all like that idea or do you wish I’d shut up and post more pictures of my dog?

  7. I just read something about how it’s important to commit to a single project in order to do it well. Then the others fall into place behind it. I can honestly say that I became more productive when I did that. (Then we all got sick and I totally fell off the wagon, but that’s neither here nor there.)

    I wouldn’t mind you commenting more. Make it more conversational-like.

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