Hmm... Lessee, here... I can't really think of any surefire way to avoid Cerebus Syndrome
. I know I got out
of it, but that was due to overhauling some concepts having to do with The Verse
For my little pieces I'm planning... I noticed I've been able to avoid most horrific implications, or at least from what I can see. There's only a few that are particularly jarring, though I've figured out how to resolve them on a happy note. My story's actually based on some pretty dark concepts along with its blend of sci-fi and fantasy with religious undertones from pretty much every religion under the sun... But I avoid it being too dark through the central theme- overcoming one's personal mountains to Earn Your Happy Ending
and creating their own future. I try to make sure everything gets closure, regardless of how grim the circumstances are. If it isn't happy, it's at the very least bittersweet.
Basically, it tends to be avoided if you try to keep optimistic throughout your writing. That's my train of thought.
Humorous characters tend to help as well. Also helps that one of my characters, a villain
of all people, is an ethical hedonist.
edited 23rd Sep '11 1:50:32 PM by Motree
“DAMMIT WHEN I HEAR 'SPACE CQC' ALL I CAN THINK OF IS BIG BOSS WITH A FISHBOWL ON HIS HEAD, STRANGLING AN ASTRONAUT OUTSIDE THE ISS."