Go for it!

Go for it! is the phrase of the day.

Of my beta readers only one suggested a particular major revision. He has published more books than all the rest combined, though, so I give his advice some weight.  He suggested I needed to beat down my hero more.

Not with that term exactly but I got it. To make it a little more impossible, well, for heros, improbable that the tide will be turned back to success in the hero’s goals. The villain needs to do more damage, lock the guy up, tie up the heroine on the railroad tracks and amplify the sound of the train coming around the bend, throw him across the galaxy out of the picture and good luck making it back in time… etc etc.

Another beta reader suggested I should adjust the female character’s roles to be more modern. He thought they were depicted in old school roles and that wouldnt fly in todays market.  I obviously needed to highlight the facts of the “mom flys the starship” role, and “the cute seductress who poisoned him is one of the best assassins in the galaxy” role. And all along it seems expected that the cocky “Ace” hero is rescuing the hot girl… when in fact she is the heroine who is rescuing him. Need to amplify that too.

So its all about the *Idea* with me.  Let these varied pieces of advice marinate in my brain stew for a couple of weeks and see what we cook up. When I get that one great idea I go to the keyboard and whole chapters fall out of my fingers in a day. Always produces my best work, my alpha and beta readers say.

Boom! Got it. The idea that combines and solves those two major themes for revision: The hero is major damaged and incapacitated in a certain way, the heroine takes action to not only heal him but break him out, and properly motivates him to stop being an arrogant jerk and actually *become* the hero she needs to get everyone out of the jam.

And I think him limping his way through the final two chapters of action adds an element of suspense (hurry up, the clock is ticking) and a big question, how can he pull this off? And if he does, doesnt that increase the magnitude of his moment of awesome?

For an example, look at Bruce Willis get beat up in every Die Hard movie. That.

I mean, if Bruce Lee’s character had a broken leg, would that change your expectations of certain success because, I mean, come on, its Bruce Freakin’ Lee! But now his leg is broken. That changes everything. right?profile.

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