THE LITTLE MOMENTS
Happy New Year!
What better way to start off than to talk about an area I want to improve on this year. One of the hardest things to do when writing stories, for me, is filling in the little moments. Tyrion Lannister didn't become a fan favorite in only a couple of scenes. He was just a drunk and a whore when we first met him.
The scene where Blue Eyes is ducking behind a car, watching his ape family be shot and blown up is an emotional moment all on it's own but it's so much more since we got to see him rebelling against his father when it came to trying to keep the peace. So when the apes invaded the city, not only was Blue Eyes a scared kid, he saw that daddy was right.
It was a build. This part of writing the story always has me stumped for the longest. Multiple drafts ensue.
I like to hurry to the big parts. I had to learn that it's those little parts that makes the bigger ones much better. So, I've tasked myself with adding in blog posts about those moments for the practice.
One of my favorite bloggers (and author), Jason Gurley, does a wonderful job of this. In Nibs and Inkwells he talks about his mother-in-law moving in and the subtle changes happening. In the future, if he was to write about one of those pens exploding, or someone breaking in and stealing the box of working pens it makes it all the better that we've seen them doing the irksome job of separating the working pens from the non-working.
And speaking of Jason Gurley, he's got a book coming out soon. It's called Eleanor.
Eleanor and Esmerelda are identical twins with a secret language all their own, inseparable until a terrible accident claims Esme’s life. Eleanor’s family is left in tatters: her mother retreats inward, seeking comfort in bottles; her father reluctantly abandons ship. Eleanor is forced to grow up more quickly than a child should, and becomes the target of her mother’s growing rage.
Years pass, and Eleanor’s painful reality begins to unravel in strange ways. The first time it happens, she walks through a school doorway, and finds herself in a cornfield, beneath wide blue skies. When she stumbles back into her own world, time has flown by without her. Again and again, against her will, she falls out of her world and into other, stranger ones, leaving behind empty rooms and worried loved ones.
One fateful day, Eleanor leaps from a cliff and is torn from her world altogether. She meets a mysterious stranger, Mea, who reveals to Eleanor the weight of her family’s loss. To save her broken parents, and rescue herself, Eleanor must learn how deep the well of her mother’s grief and her father’s heartbreak truly goes. Esmerelda’s death was not the only tragic loss in her family’s fragmented history, and unless Eleanor can master her strange new abilities, it may not be the last.
Out January 12, 2016. Available for preorder.