Hey all - I hope your Tuesday is off to a great start. Heather Villa sent in today's tip and it's her first here on Lit Rambles. I think her advice will resonate with many. Please stop by her website, Heather Villa Writes, and make her feel welcome in the comments below. You can also find Heather on Twitter @HeatherVilla1.
A Necessary Element
The sight of an intricate flower petal, the smell of freshly shampooed hair, the taste of rain, the contact between two people in an embrace, and the sound of laughing children encapsulate the five senses. While sensory descriptions reveal information in almost any story ever told, an equally necessary, yet more challenging component is the portrayal of human relationships.
The solitary process of writing balanced with outward connections allows a writer’s world to expand. A writer’s interactions with close companions, as well as acquaintances and strangers ensure the foundation needed to develop the behaviors of characters in a story. How a character interacts with others reveals the essence of a personality.
To write about pain, jubilation, anxiety, or excitement experienced by others, we must try to understand those around us.
Agree to the challenge and step away from your writing, even for a few minutes, to connect with someone. Open your front door and walk outside. Take a moment to talk with a person in your community. Observe the interactions between others. Attempt to understand another’s story.
Next, step outside of your community. Strike up a conversation with someone beyond your inner circle. Deepen your understanding about someone who lives a life far different than yours.
Lastly, see the big picture and find commonalities shared between people from different walks of life.
When you meet the challenge to step away from writing, your personal story will be broader and with a new perspective the words you write about a character who overcomes a challenge, endures a loss, or fights for justice will include an authentic voice.