Friday, May 29, 2009

Flip the Page

I know what makes me race to flip the page. Usually it's some kind of cliffhanger. The middle of a battle that makes me wonder what happens next, the moment before a sex scene when I've been waiting for 3/4 of the novel for the couple to knock boots, and heck even a wise crack that I know deep down is about to turn into a bomb works too.


So do these things make you flip? Or do you prefer for a chapter to wrap up like a little package without a cliffhanger? I know ending in an exciting moment is now a must-do, but is it something you like? I know when I started writing, I always summed up the chapter and them moved on. Most of the time because I wanted to go to another POV or have a change of time. Now I've learned to break at intense moments that make people want to read on...and I think I've gotten better at setting up that break. You know how writers build to that Big Black Moment? Well imagine a mini version of that BBM at each chapter's end. Can you say conflict, which breeds a quicker pace!

Do you think those cliffhangers are more like real life? We want our characters to be real, so why shouldn't the events of their lives imitate life? Imagine you're driving down the road and you catch a yelled phrase, what do you do? You instantly flip your head towards the sound to see what's going on, right? What do you do after that? I happen to think I got my nosy nature from my grandparents. If I figured something bad was about to go down, I'd circle back around. Then again I'm also a people watcher and am amazed daily to what people will do in public. How about you?

Another thing I think is a catch 22 is a moment of rest. You know that chapter that give you a moment to catch your breathe to get ready for an even bigger problem/challenge/battle ahead. I think they are a must do. I think too much action can have the same effect as too many blah moments. You don't want everything to be bland as beige on beige, or hyper as a kid off his ADHD meds who's eaten sugar. Just like you need good with bad, you also need energetic versus staid.

So tell us, what do you prefer in your fiction?

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In other news, I won BIGgest Loser again at work! Woot woot! It came down to a nail bitter where the top three were within pounds of each other. We ended up having to re-weigh today due to timing, and I ended up pulling ahead. Though I do have to wonder if I'd have taken top prize if one of my competitors hadn't punctured her leg during Memorial weekend, and if the other hadn't had back-to-back business trips. Though a week of working out with blisters for an hour and a half a day wasn't a picnic. But sometimes that what you have to do to burn those calories!

And flipping the page to tomorrow...some of you might remember I mentioned a family friend, Amy Adams, who died last year as "A Woman Dedicated to Inspiration". I'll be doing a Dream Walk/Run to honor her memory along with friends. I'll tape my feet, get through like a champ (after walking 10 hours almost non-stop, 3 miles will be a cake walk) and afterwards, I'll be happy to take a rest! See there's that little break in the action! :0)


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