I can’t help myself.
ONE more surgery/health/hospital analogy, then I’m done. I promise
BTW, Dad is STILL in the hospital. UGH! Can’t get his oxygen levels up so they called in a lung specialist. Should know more today. Maybe he’ll go home???
Okay, on to my, um, analogy.
I like hamburgers. I’ll admit it. and I LOVE LOVE LOVE good ole greasy french fries. Top it off with a Pepsi and some ice cream (with brownies of course) and the world is right again. (Can you see why I have a difficult time dieting??)
So all is well, you’re munching on your greasy fries and feelin’ good (er, if you’re like me, NOT so good at times) and all the sudden it hits you. Heartburn. Really bad. Then you realize, OH NO! You’ve had a….
Well, no wonder when you’ve just been snackin’ on food that entered your mouth, went down your esophagus and straight to your arteries.
Doctor does a few tests and says there is blockage… that’s right, your arteries are CLOGGED. The blood can’t flow right because of the junk in the way.
And how does this relate to writing?
I propose that the JUNK in our BOOK arteries is…
Or… for some it could be too many adverbs, adjectives and other stuff, but today I’m focusing on the back-story buildup.
And what is to be done about your unnecessary buildup of back-story?
You can a.) put a stint in. (push it aside to make room for the BLOOD to flow) or b.) bypass it all together by taking HEALTHY story veins and using them instead.
Now, let me just say, you have to have back-story in your books. Characters without it are flat, boring and tend to bleed to easily. But… when your back-story is DUMPED in all at one place, it bores readers, and makes them throw down your book and choose a good TV show or movie instead (while they eat their artery clogging steak of course).
Instead, your back-story should flow along with the rest of your plot (blood), sprinkled in when needed but not overwhelmingly so. If ever you have to STOP your plot/story to TELL your back-story, then you have a heart-attack ready to happen.
So, go on, do a little stint or bypass and repair those manuscripts! Get that blood pumping again! And don’t forget the Plavix when you’re done to keep the buildup from occurring again.
Discussion: Does your manuscript need a stint or a bypass?
Or… am I completely grossing you out with these analogies?? *grin*