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Re: Method Writing Jeni, it's obviously different from the real deal. It's kinda difficult to get to Guantanamo Bay from where we live and we don't even believe it to be necessary. It's kind of what most good self-defense schools do: they do scenario training where the "assailant" cusses at the "defender", shoves him/her, spits at him/her in order to come as close to the real thing as possible. Everybody knows it's not the same but it's close enough to give the practitioner an idea what to expect if/when something bad really happens.

We look for the same thing; just to experience the physical side of it all would be enough in itself but I assure you, even though we trust each other, we both still felt suffocating (no pun intended) panic and oppressive claustrophobia while being waterboarded. It's close enough that we have a pretty good idea how it feels and now we have more... let's say tools for describing the scene even if we haven't experienced the real deal in some government sanctioned torture house.

Besides, what we did (the waterboarding) wasn't dangerous. Unpleasant, yes, but because of the safety signals it was perfectly safe. I know it's different strokes and all that but I can tell when an author hasn't done his/her homework just by reading e.g. a fight scene.

Actually, we believe that going the extra mile is responsible writing in some cases. Scenes of violence are an excellent example: many authors who haven't been in real fights or haven't trained in a school that takes their training close enough often write fight scenes that give the impression that violence is something fun, something cool (*cough* David Eddings *cough*) whereas those who have experienced real world violence or something close enough in training know that violence is always horrible, traumatizing, and very, very ugly. That is why our fight scenes are ugly and horrible, to show the reader that violence most definitely is not fun or cool in any way.

And take waterboarding for instance: it reminds me of a movie about the Spanish inquisition. A priest supported torture to get confessions out of "heretics" until he was subjected to torture himself by the father of a girl his goons had tortured. It was only after having experienced torture himself that the priest realized that God does not give you strength to withstand the extreme pain, horror, and discomfort torture causes a person and changed his views 180 degrees. I would imagine that the people who condone waterboarding as a way to pry information from suspects have never experienced the form of torture themselves and hence do not understand that a person being tortured that way will confess to anything pretty damn quick, i.e. the information derived that way is worthless.

And not all method stuff is unpleasant or crazy: parkour is an awesome sport and great fun once you get a hang of the basics. Plus it's an excellent workout too as are martial arts.

But as I said, different strokes so not judging anybody here. Just wanted to open a thread where people can discuss different forms of method writing, things they have experienced/done to bring that little extra something into their description etc.

Peace out. 8)

October 14, 2012, 12:34:04 AM
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