Have you ever wanted to write an intense fight scene that seemed realistic? Or, maybe, you just want people to emotionally connect with what your character is going through.
There are many ways to attain that vividness that writers want to reach. Most of us have a magnificent knack for storytelling. We can create worlds with wild purple flowers that, at first, seem innocent and beautiful, but later we find that the soft velvet exterior holds death within it’s thorns. Or, the evil woman living down the street, with her menacing grimace and old rotting teeth, after a few craftily written pages, turns out to be a sad depressed lady in need of a friend.
Yes, our imaginations can fill in most gaps and create visions whether we have had these experiences or not. BUT…
You knew there was a “but” coming, didn’t you?
There is also a time when real life experiences can be captured on the page and emotionally reach out, grab your readers, and pull them into your story.
Find those moments and write them down. It doesn’t have to be perfect. It doesn’t have to flow, but if you can capture the feelings, the movements, the psychological state of being of the experience, this can be a potent tool for your writing.
With that said, I will leave you with a poem I wrote after driving with my daughter today. It was her first time driving on swerving, mountainous roads and I am…well…not the best passenger ever. 🙂
A Mountain Drive
The overwhelming sense of fear
I’m going to die, but that makes no sense
Everything is well in hand
Everything is going according to plan
And yet, at any moment, I know
That our life will spiral out of control.
To the depths of my bones,
Though all evidence shows this is not the case,
My body, my emotions, my tears and sweat
Tell me that I do not have long to live.
Every movement is danger
Every reaction is exaggerated
Both hands on the wheel
Keep your eyes peeled
You don’t know what could happen
Nice driving, sweetheart.
Copyright Nevin Culley 2013