Reply to Legfan

Mark Newman

Thanks for the comment. I tried to write you a private message, but you may not have turned that feature on.

I really enjoyed Screw-up. It’s another of my favorite paradigms for a story. The wrong person gets the strength enhancement! Delicious. I could do that type of story again and again (and I have — most of my "Oh No!" stories were about that, especially Jed and Johanna) I’m not sure how you would follow it up, though. It’s a lot like the problem I have with many of my stories — what do you do after the growth scene/strength transfer, etc.? This story I’m writing now is trying to go beyond that, but at some point it will have to end.

You could have him try to invent something else to get the power back, only to have it backfire once again and just make her even more powerful, but it’s often not as much fun the second time around.

Or you could have her start tormenting him with her power.

Or you could write a brand new story with the same type of theme. To be honest, that’s what I usually do.

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