This week I read Sarah Dessen’s book, Saint Anything, copyrighted in 2015 and published by Viking, The Penguin Group; New York, NY.
The main characters show up on the first few pages right in the middle of a life changing event.
As the family and friendship dynamics play out, occasionally I want to take hold of these fictional characters and say, “talk already!”
In real life, people don’t always talk things out. I’ve definitely waited for the right time to approach my husband with a question or bad news when I saw he was completely worn out. Proverbs_25:11, (KJV) says: “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.”
Anyway, reading Sarah Dessens’ books points out a fatal flaw in my fiction writing.
In the past, I’ve told what was going on and didn’t leave enough mystery. With no intrigue, the reader is not going to want to bother reading on.
Additionally, writing instructors often say, “Show more than tell,” so I’ve worked on that.
A tell is: “the boy likes the girl so he shows off for her.”
The show is: Sonya ran outside to get the mail and then she noticed Peter’s slow grin widen and his eyes light up as he jumped off his bicycle by her mailbox. “Hey, Sonya I want to show you something.”
She looked up at the sky almost as if she was checking the sun’s position to estimate the time of day. “I’ve been practicing stunts on my bike.”
“My mom told me not to dawdle.”
He leaped back on the bike. “I’ll just show you one, okay, or two at the most.”
She smiled and he yelled out, “just watch this” and he sped down the incline and took one hand off the handle. Faster now on the bumpy street with occasional rocks from the Ottinger boys appearing like shapes in the fog – suddenly.
Now two hands off the handle bar. As he turned his head to see if she was watching, Sonya ran down the hill with her hands clenched and with sweat forming at the back of her neck. “Peter, hey Peter, wow! Why don’t you come back before…”
Cars started honking, a man hollered. “Are you out of your mind?”
A lady screamed.
Well, you get the idea.
I got to go to Letchworth Park once again with my husband and friends today. I took pictures of flowers and gourds placed in interesting arrangements. I planned on downloading them to my computer tonight and then blogging about our time there. Hopefully I’ll do that on Monday, since I forgot tonight. We got home and put things away and then my daughter and her husband stopped in for a quick visit.
I hope this finds you well. May God bless you.