Writers can be mean

Dear reader,

Writers have a very mean side, a dark streak, a danger zone. It is uncanny how much pleasure a writer can get from thinking up misery, setbacks and other problems for the characters in a book.

For now I have: a hidden discovery, fires, a fire engine gone out of control with someone aboard who does not know how to deal with the thing, a very interesting way to get on a fire engine, a performance that brings a lot of stress, an encounter that will shock the area once it happens, and a lot of … that need to replaced with proper misery, malice, thieving and injustice. And of course there will be people in there too.

Good start for only a few minutes, isn’t it?

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