Lately I've totally been getting into the show 24. If Jack Baeur was real, he'd be my hero. I'm only up to Season 3 and just when I think things can't get worse, the shit hits the fan. The writers of this show keep emotions high each episode and while I'm not a big television fan, that's a rare occurrence. My husband gets so frustrated watching it and I think it's because of the constant conflict. As a writer, this is something I'm always working on so I consider watching it research ;)
The writers have characterization and plot down to an art. Watching it is like reading a fantastic suspense novel. There are so many twists and turns along the way, I find myself not trusting anyone because they could wait to reveal their true self until the last episode. From what I've seen, the writers are really willing to take chances (i.e. kill off favorite characters), which is also something I'm trying to work on with my own writing. Sometimes I question how dark I'll allow myself to write and end up taking the middle of the road. So the current 3 book series I'm still in the process of plotting out, I'm going to allow myself the freedom to do what I want. If it sucks, I'm sure my critique partners will tell me anyway :)
If you're a writer, what do you struggle with? And what do you do to work on it?