Recently I have begun to wonder what it is about fiction that so grabs the reader’s attention. And only recently have I begun to discover that it is not fiction that grabs the reader, but the truth the fiction reflects in the reader’s life that captures the mind, heart, and soul. My current manuscript is doing things that nothing else I’ve ever written dared to do–or, perhaps, I’m doing things I never dared to do with my other manuscripts. As the world grows around me, I see myself mirrored on every page. These characters know me better than I do, and they know themselves better than I anticipated. I don’t have to tell them who they are. They know.
The trick is discovering who I am amidst this whole process. But I don’t think I would ever trade this for anything, even a gold-plated C.S. Lewis manuscript signed and annotated by the man himself handed to me on a bookshelf full of my favorites, all first-edition first-printings…
Okay, that’s steep. The transaction holds, though.
NOW! The *****. Within my manuscript, there is a certain character–Sedgewick–who has lost an arm, and despite every attempt to quiet his sometimes-idiotic companion, this companion CONSTANTLY talks about the ***** and the fact that Sedgewick used to play but can’t anymore because, well, one arm and all that whatnot. So, in order to avoid the feels and the wrath of Sedgewick, please PLEASE only ever talk about the ***** when he is not within earshot.
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