Well, Guess What . . .

. . . Today is the writing challenge.
And since we have a little Milo Carol in our midst, I think we should do the following.

Remember a tender moment in your life.
Write about it.
Tell every detail.
Remember the sense of place, your emotional tie to the memory and anything else that will fill out and make the event seem real to a reader.
Perhaps this is a baby coming in to you life like in Ann Dee’s and Cam’s.
But it can be whatever amazing, tender thing that’s happened to you.

Now I want you to change this experiences, details included, to match your story.
But wait, maybe your exact experience isn’t going to fit your main character.
Maybe your 12-yr-old character isn’t having her third baby (and if she is, I doubt that the tender experience will be the same as when a way old girl [like Ann Dee] has HER third baby).

So, that means YOU have to make appropriate changes to your tender experience so it will fit into your novel.
You’re going to be borrowing from one incident and applying it to another.

Why? I mentioned yesterday that I read this book that wasn’t so hot. Writing, fine. But the story really failed for me.
I think the reason why was the events didn’t ring true.
I didn’t believe the main character. Didn’t believe his emotions.
The idea of the book was fantastic. But the delivery really never reached what it could have for me. It was surface writing. A surface story.
The author, I think, didn’t know how to make the story real life.
And if you want your reader to connect, no matter what, you have to make the story real for the reader.

So, that’s what I want you to do today.
Feel free to share.


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2 responses to “Well, Guess What . . .

  1. I like that. I’m going to do it. This memory instantly popped up, and I can see how to change it to fit in my current WIP. Thanks!

  2. That’s how Russian Winter was for me. Ballet, Russia, Amber—what’s not to love? They’re all things I’m interested in. But the book rang flat for me because I just couldn’t care for the characters. None of them felt real. But hey, if you want a book with a really beautiful cover to look nice on your shelf, by all means, buy it.

    Thinking about your exercise, how would it fix this book? I don’t really know, other than the characters are caught in an uncompassionate, murky, gray mist .


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