Writer’s Craft #17 – Gotta go
In my 2003 novel, Throne Price, a toilet issue disrupts tensions between my hero, Amel, and his brother D’Lekker after D’Lekker releases Amel from the room he’s been locked in for the better part of a day.
Amel tried to slip past him.
D’Lekker dropped the bar he was holding into both hands, despite the pain it must have caused him, to block Amel’s path. “I don’t think Mother wants you out!” His pain made him cruel. He pressed closer until they almost touched. “Maybe I should put you back in your room.”
Amel put his open palm on the bar and said simply, but firmly, “Lek, I need to use the bathroom.”
D’Lekker had not expected so ordinary a response. He looked confused, and then moved aside with an awkward jerk.
How do you deal with bathroom matters in your writing? Share examples and/or give your opinion on when it is right or wrong to include elimination in the story, and why.