How was your weekend? Mine went great–happy belated Mother’s Day to all you moms out there–I hope you had an awesome one. It being a Sunday and all, it was just me and Mom on the weekly trip out to shop. Comics and crosswords, which wasn’t bad at all. This year we just stuck with the perfume/flowers/cards setup, although there have been times we’ve cooked (not a lot, and it was dessert–more than 10 years ago).
So it was pretty awesome, all in all. Last night, a friend of a friend stopped by to stay over on her way to Chicago. We didn’t get a chance to talk to her very much because she needed an early start in the morning, but the hours were really enjoyable. Conversation was a little bit slow at first after she got settled in, but then three hours flew by and everyone had to go to bed.
Which leads me to my point.
This is how writing needs to be–emails, fiction, characters interacting, what-have-ya. People need to be drawn into it. Get them thinking, seeing, hearing. Imagining what things would be like if they were the character in the story you’re telling them (and I don’t mean only fiction). Writing is kinda like dating and parties–you want to get people talking and relating to one another because they have something in common, instead of standing around, looking at their watches and wondering what time their friend’s coming to rescue them from this barrel of torture that was supposed to be fun but really wasn’t.
If you’re writing to someone you don’t know, study people like them, if you can, to find out what they like. For fiction, people will be relating to traits in your characters or their situation that they see in themselves, or maybe have gone through.
So if you’re stuck for a subject line, dialogue for a scene, or what-have-ya, put your prospects or characters in a party atmosphere and try to discover how they would act, and what they would talk about.
Who knows? Things could go in a whole better direction.
Until next time,