META: Writer's Block and Crazy-Ass Ideas

Martin Phipps martinphipps2 at
Wed Jul 2 07:45:06 PDT 2008

On Jul 2, 9:12 am, EDMLite <robroger... at> wrote:

> My writers' block came in terms of writing about
> heroes.  I'm a believer in the idea that the
> characters should drive the story.  Things
> shouldn't just happen to them; the choices they
> make should lead to the situations in which
> they find themselves.  And yet super-heroes
> aren't particularly dynamic characters.  If
> Commissioner Gordon doesn't turn on the
> Bat-Signal, Bruce Wayne just sits around the
> cave adding applications to his Facebook page.
> Or does he?  I had a chance to talk with
> Matt Wagner when WonderCon was in town, and
> here's what he said: "Most super-heroes have
> something they would rather be doing.  Batman
> doesn't want to be Batman.

I'm the same way.  Five students failed another teacher's class so I
was called upon to teach a summer make up class but I'd rather be home
watching re-runs of the X-Files.  Alas with great teaching power comes
great teaching responsibility. :)


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