Writing and thoughts on Hidden

I’ve hit a kind of critical point in the writing of season 2, so I’ve been working like crazy on it for the last few days, afraid of losing these thoughts as they fly through my head. My fingers can’t fly over the keyboard fast enough! So many pivotal moments, things coming together, questions being answered.

A few things have been on my mind as I write this:

1.) I read this post about “strong female characters.” It’s a good one, and I agree with what she’s saying. I knew when I started writing Hidden that I wanted the heroine to be no-nonsense, tough, badass. Writing Molly, I wanted her to become so much more than that. I want her to be more than just “strong.” I hope she’s complex, contradictory at times, the way all of us are. The hardest part about writing her, especially now, is dealing with what my husband calls “Superman syndrome.” If she’s so powerful that nothing can really hurt her, then what’s the story? Where’s the danger? And I think the other parts of her character, those things that make her (hopefully) more than just a “strong female character” are the things that answer that question.

2.) I’ve been thinking about how graphic this is and can be. Graphic violence has already been a bit of a thing (and, uh, there will be more of that tomorrow. Ha!) I had a couple of more graphic sex scenes in Season 1 between Nain and Molly that I wimped out of publishing here. They’ll be in the ebook, but I do wonder how something like that would go over with you guys when reading it here on the blog. Any input would be appreciated!

3.) I figured out how this season ends. Mwahahaha. And that’s all I’m going to say about that, especially since we’re just getting started. 🙂

Back to work!

2 thoughts on “Writing and thoughts on Hidden

  1. Kellie says:

    I do not have a problem with graphic sex scenes. I think, though, that holding back some parts (be it sex scenes or anything else) for the e-book is a good idea. I love being able to read Hidden for free, and will happily buy a copy when the e-book comes out, but it would be really awesome to have previously unpublished parts in the e-book to look forward to. It’s like seeing a movie in the theater, but you KNOW you are going to buy the Director’s Cut because you want to see everything as it was intended to be. Just my two cents. 🙂

    • Colleen says:

      THANK YOU for this! I was kind of thinking the same thing (I love the director’s cut analogy!) but then thought “Oh, am I being a jerk by not putting it all out here on the blog?” This was helpful — thanks again!

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