Monday, November 2, 2009

Teacups and Toast - Sometimes it's OK. To Just Do It

Writers need to realize that there are times when introspection, scene building and the like are simply not necessary, at least at that moment.

I was reading a historical recently and the hero and heroine were beyond hot for each other. There was more sexual tension in that room than a senior ball. It was also at a point in the story when moving to that next level would have been fine (in other words it wasn't in the first chapter). And yet, for some reason, the writer decided that right there, right then, it was time for the hero to suddenly release all of his past baggage about his family. Huh!

Look, as a writer, you have to have your characters think like a human being. There are times when people think and there are times people simply act without thinking. Obviously, if a character is being chased by an alien vampire bunny, then they would not be thinking about the fine decorations or paintings in the room. They would be running.

And yes, this goes for when the characters are in those most "intimate" moments. I seriously doubt they contemplating a lot of things. This scene is about action. No, it doesn't mean you have to rush it, but the contempation is not there.

Just something to "think" about this Monday.


1 comment:

  1. Okay, I'll show my stupidity. What is so sexual about a senior ball? What is a senior ball? Like high-school seniors? Because I'm thinking of the elderly and getting a tad queasy. LOL