Do You Have Angst?: A pain in the Angst

Sunday, January 8, 2012

A pain in the Angst

They say that a certain amount of pain is supposed to help clarify your thoughts.  Nope!  I disagree completely.  After spending 3 hours in the ER last night with great amounts of pain due to a kidney stone half the size of a dime, the only thing clear to me was how much I hurt.  I'm not going to lie, that was awful.

Whining aside, a lot of what I write comes from what I live.  Which brings me to another pleasant topic: vomiting.  Throwing up has always been top of my list in things to avoid (it's now #2 after kidney stones), which is why you'll find it prevalent in my first fantasy novel Angst.  A good friend of mine who critiqued the first book felt there was a little too much throwing up for her taste.

While she was the only one to point that out, I can understand.  It's pretty gross and one of those experiences I think that everyone can relate to.  With my experiences broadened, I can now raise the bar.  There is now a new threshold of pain and torture for Angst 2 which will include plenty of turning pale, sweating, writhing in pain (picture Captain Kirk rolling around on the ground any time a villain used one of the infamous belt weapons), and my new favorite, a small tear in the corner of the eye.

Fantasy books are about imagination, but a certain amount of realism adds to the danger.  Stories are always more compelling when it feels like there is a genuine threat to succeeding, a cost to the characters' actions.  It doesn't always have to be a death.  Terrible odds with great risks and a bit of pain makes a successful outcome more rewarding.

I'm happy that I can turn my situation into a resource for better book writing.  If facing the pain of this stone helps me to better express the pain my characters are facing, I can at least be glad that something good comes from this.

Now what am I going to do when I have to write about the dragons!?


  1. Definitely glass half full, you! I hope you're feeling better.

    Now, what other painful experiences can we give you? It's for your art, after all. *rubs hands gleefully*

  2. Hope you're making a speedy recovery. Life experiences do help writing.