Thursday, June 2, 2011

Writing Tip: Wonder as a Set-up

What am I reading giving away now? Glimmerglass (Jenna Black)
Annnd. . . what do I think so far what's the blurb? Dana's mother is an alcoholic and her dad has been AWOL most of her life. When she decides to find him, she finds an aunt (and trouble), a friend (trouble) and a hot boy named Ethan (do I even have to say that one is trouble?) and her dad (yup, just like her mom always claimed--trouble).
Genre: YA Fantasy

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Writing Tip: Wonder as a Set-up
At Deathcamp last November, David Wolverton led our group in the discovery of a technique authors and screen writers use to create a greater impact in action scenes. Here's the secret:
Precede the action scene with wonder.

He gave the example from the movie Avatar, where the hero has just landed on the alien planet and is walking through lush vegetation. He takes time to look at and touch various plants as they interact with him by retreating from his touch. Everything is vivid and mysterious. The character is delighted by the new surroundings--his face is beaming with the joy of wonder. Then (BOOM) the dinosaur-looking animal attacks and he has to run/fight for his life.

So the idea is to get your character relaxed, take his mind off his worries, help him enjoy his surroundings, then hit him with something BIG.

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Canda said...

Gayle, Cindy, Lynnea and Deanna signed up for today's book via a Facebook message.

James Duckett said...

This was great. Thank you so much for posting that. It was so good I had to share it on my blog. Thank you!

Rhonda said...

I'd love to win a book. What a fun idea.