True story or rather true nightmare —
Okay, this seven-foot slimy green eel in a tux chased me around and around a hotel room. It tried to get me and I tried to get it. I rushed to the door, hand on the knob, ready to open it and push the eel out when water started flooding through the door cracks and out of the closet and vents. Panic sets in. There’s no way out. Oh no, a small child is asleep on the couch. He’ll drown or the eel with eat him. Now, I’m holding on to the child with one arm and fencing the eel with my other. No way out…
I woke up stressed, my heart racing.
Upon retelling my drama, I downgraded my nightmare to a bad dream, and then to merely an “odd dream.” Most people don’t take you seriously when you start out with “a moray eel in a white tuxedo.” Go figure.
This made me think about writing. Writers are told that when their protagonists are in trouble, get them into more trouble. Then add some more. My dream taught me that one must be careful with what problems one chooses to throw at ones character. Sometimes it’s just not believable.
My subconscious editor clearly did not feel this was an issue.
Have you ever read a book or seen a movie and felt the author/director went too far? Do tell?
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