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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Joy Rides

Do you like to ride roller coasters?


     I don't really like "real" roller coasters, but I like the idea of being on a rollercoaster when I am reading.  Not every reader actually likes to ride a roller coaster, but they sure enjoy the building of emotion, the rise and the descent and the rise again of their stories.  It is a joy ride.  There are twists and turns, the tease, the delay, the anticipation, then snap all hell breaks loose.  This is what we create in our stories.  Mixing up feelings.  We use humor, anger and/or joy to change tension for both our character and our readers. 

     As we write our stories, we want to move the story along, adjusting the pace.  We want to keep the reader unsuspecting, allowing them the unexpected at the turn of the page.  So, we play with our scenes, adding color, scents, emotions and tensions.  The elements in our stories influence our readers.  So, I have my ticket for my rollercoaster.  Now, I am looking forward to standing in line to buy a ticket to yours. 

    

10 comments:

Joanna said...

I love literary roller coasters, Maeve, and look forward to riding yours!, but the real thing? no thanks ;)

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

What a dead-on, perfect comparison. I'm with you: I don't love the real roller coasters, but I'll take a roller coaster ride while reading any day. Somehow the dips and drops and turns are more fun. Great post!

Leigh Covington said...

Beautifully put Maeve! I love roller coasters, whether I find them in a book or at a theme park! LOVE THEM! They are SO essential in a book tho!

Patricia T. said...

Like Joanna, I prefer the literary roller coaster. Not the real one. A thoughtful and beautiful anology. Enjoyed it very much!

Susan Barclay said...

I love real roller coasters, but not the kind where you stand up, or where you're strapped in at the shoulder with your legs dangling down - let's leave that kind of adventure in books!

Brenda Drake said...

I love roller coasters - all kinds - literary and real - LOVE THEM! Great post! <3

Janet Johnson said...

I LOVE real rollercoasters, but a little drammamine goes a long way these days.

Books are definitely like that, and I love when they keep me guessing!

Rosalind Adam said...

Lovely post and you're so right about needing to put that tension into our stories. The problem I have is that sometimes when I'm reading a novel I just can't stand the stress of the rollercoaster ride and I have to abandon it... or have a quick look at the end to see if they survive it.

Medeia Sharif said...

I love reading and writing roller coasters, but you can't get me on a real roller coaster. ;)

Have a great weekend.

Peggy Eddleman said...

Real life: not so much. In a book: definitely!! That's what makes me want to ignore everything else calling my name at the same time. :)