Bad To The Bone

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You’re unlikely to go through life without meeting a really horrible person or two. I’ve come across a couple with no redeeming qualities at all. It’s true that some people really are not nice in any way. I find them just as fascinating as anyone else though – you never know when you can use them in a future storyline. I think writers are many things. We gather all sorts of knowledge in our quests to fill our worlds, and make them real. We research and learn about things that most people wouldn’t give a moment’s thought to. We’re also just as likely as psychologists to say, “And how does that make you feel?”, to a stranger, or listen raptly to the big-mouthed fellow that everyone avoids at a party.

This is the way of the scribbler though. We have to know what makes people tick if we want to write books about them. I’ve always been fascinated with the darker side of the human psyche. I wonder how people get to be the way they sometimes end up. Life hurts some people so badly that they break and stay broken. Some fight their way out of horrendous situations, and emerge as beacons of love and kindness. Then there are others that go the evil route, and become sadists and killers. It’s the ones in between all these things that I find most interesting.

I have two characters in African Me that are just downright bad. I’ve been trying to find ways to give them positive traits to balance out the awful, because I read somewhere that all bad people must have some good in them. So that got me thinking that they might be too bad to be believable. Then it occurred to me that this isn’t actually true. There really are some people rotten to the core. I’ve come across many as I’ve trawled the web looking for insights into human nature. So that’s one editing chore out the way. My baddies will stay just as bad as they are. If what you write feels right to you, then that’s the way you should write it.

Till next time friends. xxx

PP AM Final Cover

6 thoughts on “Bad To The Bone

    LucyPireel said:
    June 11, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Jo are right my Dearie! and when you’re right you just leave them as bad as they are. Love that cover by the by and I’m looking forward to featuring it and you!
    xoxo

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      June 11, 2013 at 3:46 pm

      My Lucy love! Thank you! This isn’t the actual cover (hopefully) – just a teaser. It’s similar to the final, but I won’t use it unless my epic cover painting thing fails. xxxx

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    cicampbell2013 said:
    June 12, 2013 at 12:56 am

    Finding good in your baddies is often hard. But, you’re right, in real life there are some who are just bad through and through. Then you wonder what on earth their mother finds in them to love. Or does she give up looking for it and gives her love elsewhere?

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      June 12, 2013 at 8:29 am

      I reckon some mothers are the cause Christine. I’ve got a doozy in my wip Lesser Being. I found some really awful people in my research – it looked like they were born that way in a lot of instances too.

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    marianallen said:
    June 12, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Jo, if you’re showing them from the outside, they may behave badly in every instance we see! Most people, even stinkers, THINK they’re right, even if they know they’re doing wrong, which is not the same as being good in any way. I knew a kid who would lie, cheat, and steal, even from people who loved him, because he believed morality was a human construct and not binding except by choice. I think he still believes it, but he now chooses to be bound.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      June 13, 2013 at 10:23 am

      Sounds like a right little rotter Marian! I’ve also come across people who say that. And that nothing you do is ever wrong. Just an excuse to do the horrible things that they do. And the guys who THINK they’re right when they must know that they really aren’t get right up both my nostrils. 😀

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