So, I’ve been once again trying to write a novel. This time, I’m working in the field of urban fantasy, something I’ve not really dipped a toe into before.
I’ve got a good chunk of the plotline worked out, but there’s a piece of it that just is -not- settling well with me. I’ve got a character who is missing a chunk of his memory.
The problem with this is that I -hate- when writers do this. It just seems like a sloppy crutch for character and mystery development. I’d originally thought about trying to get amnesia ‘right’, that is to say, to write it in a believable way that -doesn’t- feel like a cop-out, but I’m not only unsure how to go about it, I’m unsure that it -can- be done.
Anyone have any examples of ‘amnesia done right’? I’ve been tempted to say Memento, but really, that’s more about how the story is told and less about the nature of amnesia. Beyond that, I’m at a loss…
…Or maybe I just don’t remember!