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Decisions, decisions

Now I'm up to the story I'm the least confident about in my AU storyline. Mostly, I'm not sure if it's a good direction to take with David's character. In the last chapter of Neighbours, David demonstrates telekinetic ability by levitating his mobile to bring it to himself, and this is a level of psychic ability far stronger than any Time Lord: after all, the Doctor was able to levitate himself and the Master's laser screwdriver only with the backing of the amplified psychic support of all the humans on Earth. The next story explains this (and other circumstances around it), but I'm not sure that I should have done this.

I'll post the story later today. In the meantime, do you ever have this kind of second-guessing, where you do something in a story but then wonder if it's something that should be done? There are a lot of different reasons why I'm doubting this. First, it feels too much like I'm investing my love of superheroes and superpowers into a character in a universe that doesn't really have superheroes and superpowers. Does that overbalance him too much? I did work limits into it, but still, I don't want the character to stop feeling like Doctor Who. Second, will having powers break the storytelling? We see this over and over again where giving a character more power destroys the character's believability: if you make him too powerful or extend him too far, you have to make the obstacles in the story greater and greater to try to stop him. We've seen this in DW in the Weeping Angels, and Heroes is pretty much the poster child of destroying the universe with uncontrolled power creep.

Finally, I'm not sure that what I've done with the character is just too common, but I can't explain what I mean without having the story posted. I'm just afraid that you'll read the story and go, "Oh, that again? Where's the originality?" Sigh. I've been mulling over this for a week now. We'll see how it goes.



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Jun. 26th, 2015 07:31 pm (UTC)
Aw, story angst is hard. I do think that giving characters powers can be okay when they're carefully thought through, in the workings and consequences, it is all done for a reason and it's not just a plot device or something to look cool. You seem to have thought through your decision there quite well, although you're still second-guessing—but not like "does it make sense?" but "was it an okay thing to do?". I say it seems to be. It's obvious you went through some lengths to make it all intelligent and balanced, and it's interesting to explore, so all good!

*hugs in encouragement*
Jun. 26th, 2015 09:40 pm (UTC)
I cannot imagine how a "real" writer deals with this; I at least have the ability to fall back on the "it's all AU anyway" excuse, and if I decide I don't like it, I can re-branch the storyline and take the character in a different direction. If I had my own original story and universe that I was writing for and were publishing actual books, I think I'd be a train wreck over decisions like this. :)
Jul. 3rd, 2015 07:03 pm (UTC)
Indeed! It's just so very difficult ;) World-building and important character choices are tough, lol. Definitely worth recognition.
Jun. 27th, 2015 03:05 am (UTC)
Bless, bb. We all second guess - all the time, you know? If it felt right when you wrote it and it feels right in your heart - than it is. Don't let your head ruin a good thing.

Jun. 27th, 2015 07:36 am (UTC)
Oh, my head ruins a lot of things. It loves doing that!
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