Monday, November 21, 2011
Writing Tip #8
Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and with it,
a nightmare of a 9.5 hour shift in Target the gift-giving holiday season! We have family time around Thanksgiving, then Hanukkah, Christmas, New Years, Kwanzaa, Ramadan, and whatever other holidays that happen around that time that I'm forgetting. Point is, lots of family interactions and gifts coming up.
Tip #8: Write about a holiday or birthday.
Especially for NaNo, holidays and birthdays can add a good amount of words to your story. In Among the People Lost, I covered Christmas, which gave some insight into the mentality of characters living in a world where holidays barely have meaning and most of them are without family. Dante had lost all interest in celebrating, but his friends were merry and festive and insisted on cheering him up.
I also covered Valentine's Day, which was much more well-received among my characters, since it's a holiday for girlfriends and boyfriends rather than cousins and grandparents.
Holidays and birthdays give a lot if information on how everyone in your story thinks. They show who the characters are close to, how they interact when around their own family or their friend's family, and have plenty of opportunities for good memories or terrible experiences.