Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Christmas Before Halloween?
Good Grief, Christmas decorations in the stores before Halloween! Can't we enjoy this Season first before rushing to the next one?
My Fall decorations seem out of place somehow, what with all the Christmas lights popping up in the neighborhood. Soon I'll need to get my Christmas card list updated. I wouldn't want to send those cards out too late, say, maybe around Christmas.
You may ask What does her griping have to do about writing?
A lot. When you write, pay attention to sequence. In other words, put the action before the reaction. Don't have someone cry or laugh before first showing a reason for that emotion.
Wrong: Mary wiped the tears from her eyes. The mums reminded her of mother who'd always loved flowers.
Right: The mums reminded Mary of mother, who'd always loved flowers. Mary wiped the tears from her eyes.
Likewise, don't give away the plot right away or you'll ruin the fun for the reader. Spread an information trail first and let the readers follow it to the conclusion.
When you're writing a mystery, you're allowed, even encouraged, to drop in clues ahead of time. Later, the reader and main character can solve the puzzles together.
In other words, to use that sad overused cliche', Don't put the cart before the horse! Or maybe I should say, Don't put Christmas before Halloween!
OH, AND HAPPY HALLOWEEN - OH, WAIT A MINUTE, THAT'S ON UNTIL THE 31ST. I'M PUTTING THE CART BEFORE THE HORSE!