Too Much Baggage?

In an attempt to distract myself from the opening three chapters of this MS (and the fact that no one knows if the 5 finalists for SYTYCW have been contacted-or when they will be contacted) I’ve decided to work on the synopsis.  Again.

As I’m reading I’m struck by the heavy back story and baggage I’ve saddled my hero and heroine with.  I mean, I do love deep trauma and drama, and I love reading about characters that have had to overcome obstacles.  I love seeing the character at the beginning of the book then changing after his/her journey and becoming a stronger person by the end of the book.

But I’m wondering if this is a little much.  Then I started thinking that maybe if I could take away a little of the load-maybe some stuff that happened in the past that isn’t integral to the overall GMC…

I’m clearly having issues with this book.

Or maybe it’s the ongoing, never-ending SYTYCW…maybe it’s messing with my head…yes, that must be it.

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4 Comments on Too Much Baggage?

  1. sri
    Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 2:36 pm (3 years ago)

    It is probably the ongoing, never ending SYTCYW saga…:-(
    But coming back, that’s something I have suffered with in my current wip..gave the hero too much backstory, too many issues and half way in I lost what his central conflict was…

    Hope u figure it out….

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    • Victoria James
      Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 8:23 pm (3 years ago)

      I’m trying! Good luck to you as well, Sri!

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  2. Jackie Ashenden
    Friday, March 9, 2012 at 2:55 pm (3 years ago)

    Yeah, there is such a thing as too much baggage eh? I’ve been guilty of that. It’s hard with category to strike the right balance. Something clear and defined and simple really helps. I have been accused of having characters that are too much like real people and really, you can’t do that. Because real people are too complicated and messy for category romance. Sigh.
    I’m hoping I’m getting the balance a little more right these days but who knows?

    Hugs anyway. And SYTYCW? What SYTYCW? :-)

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    • Victoria James
      Friday, March 9, 2012 at 3:28 pm (3 years ago)

      Interesting points Jackie. It’s hard to grasp that the word count isn’t long enough to do justice to really heavy baggage I guess.
      Oh I’m sure you’re on the right track! :)

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