Monday, April 18, 2011
What's on the Page?
As I'm homing in on the end of my WIP (work in progress), I'm wondering is this enough of a climax, will the reader feel satisfied with what I'm writing, is the hero acting out of character or is what he does believable? I guess I'm not going to fully know that until my critique partners read it and give me feedback. To me it makes sense and feels right. But it will be up to my writing to convey how I see the scene playing out and how the reader envisions it.
As writers we paint a visual picture with words and the reader adds their own nuances, shading, and sharpened detail as they read. But words, when not fitting to the character they have built in in their minds, jar the reader. Then the writer needs to work on how they convey the image.
That's where I feel while I could write a paragraph or two of details when a person enters a room, I try to pick out only the details that have the most impact on the character at the moment. And that's why the climax scene keeps playing out in my head over and over, and I'm trying to pick out the moments and images that will have the most impact and show the moment from the heroine's perspective to show her despair and not make the hero look like a jerk and unlike his character.
Have you read to the end of the book and then the climax/black moment made you question the rest of the book?