Three words: Skiing is AWESOME!!! Right now, I’m on a mini-vacation with my extended family, and we are having a blast skiing. It’s my first time skiing, and at first, I was kinda scared: the first time seems so fast and crazy. But I’ve gotten the hang of it now, and I love feeling the rush of wind in my face and the snow under my skis. It got me thinking (since I was skiing at night), what if your characters were in a situation where they had to slid/run down an icy mountain in the dark? How would they feel? This was particularly relevant to my characters, as there are times where they are traveling through snowy lands and mountain ranges. When you’re skiing, you’re scared to fall, but usually once you do, it’s no big deal. What if, for your characters, falling meant the difference between life and death? Falling into the enemy’s hands, or escaping? Using your personal experiences in your writing creates a lot of depth in a story. You understand what it’s like to be in that situation, so it’s a lot easier to convey it, to add details that are easy to follow. If your story is so complicated that people have a hard time following it, whether in storyline or vocabulary, it’s time to get feedback on your story. Good, honest feedback. Even if you don’t think it’s complicated, have someone read it anyway, because they might not understand it as well as you might. The details of the situation/experience could be making your story puzzling, leaving someone saying, “What? This doesn’t make any sense!” I suggest finding two or three people who you can send your stories to, who won’t blab about it to their friends. They will be your personal critics, and your writing will be all the better for it! 🙂
CHALLENGE: Write a story using an experience you’ve had this past week, even if it’s as boring as doing the dishes.
QUESTION: Have you ever gone skiing?