Sunday, May 2, 2010

When the Volcano Blows...

I don't know where I'm a gonna go...

Buffet again. How am I supposed to write a Holiday story when I have Jimmy Buffet on the brain? sigh.

I'm not much of a panic monger, but I can't help but feel a little bit nervous at the moment. You see, I watched the Mayan Prophecy special on discovery channel right after I saw An Inconvenient Truth, and together, they'd make almost anyone a tad twitchy.

Now every time I switch to the news, I see Iceland, earthquakes, oyster's without shells... and I start to get the weirdest feeling--like I'm in a movie. You've seen the movie, the entire first thirty minutes are news warnings and scenes of minor disasters while at least half the cast explains why the series of events are "no big deal." Then the sheit hits the fan.

I love that movie. Not to keen on playing in it, though.

Pending global disasters aside, however, there are days when life feels just a little bit like a bad movie. I think, "who wrote this stupid thing?" Someone forgot to give me my script....Is this director qualified...or, Just what genre is this flick? Horror? Romance? Comedy?

"little did she know..."

Then I think, this particular scene, should be edited out. I mean, it's boring. Most of life is made up of those scenes that would never make the final cut, right? Skip ahead, let's get to the meaty part....action or sex scene, you decide.

I'm feeling a bit wicked today.
I'm also feeling like I need to amp up the tension/conflict/action in my WIP, which is really the problem.

Any ideas out there for increasing tension? Dramatic umph? (In the story, that is. I have enough in real life)
I'd love to hear em.



M Pax said...

Is this your holiday story? Snow of a different color?

What's the worst thing that could happen to your character? That can be a good place to start.

Show don't tell.

The other best advice I read and implemented was to follow motivation-reaction sequences. Motivation then reaction by character in this order - emotion, action, speech. You don't have to use all reactions every time. It does amp up the drama.

Also circle all your 'to be' verbs and rewrite as many sentences as you can not using 'to be'.

I know how you feel. I'm in a mud bog these days editing novel#1.

Still working on the tumbas, too.

Good luck!

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