Writing Saturday; Using real life in your books7:53 AM
One of the ways for a book to feel real and have some lighter moments is to
take some things from real life and put them into your writing. Here are a few bits and pieces from some of my books to give you an idea what I am talking about.
“Ow! Richard, stop pulling on my dress,” Christy said to her older brother.
“I was just playing,” Richard said, feigning innocence.
“Are all of these your children,” one of the older male passengers asked Stephen. Maria sat still in her seat, and for one small instant wished that she wouldn’t be seen as part of the family.
“Yes they are,” Stephen said proudly. That was one thing that she liked about her dad – he never was ashamed to be their father, or at least didn’t show it, even when they weren’t on their best behavior.
“Sure hope they know how to be quiet,” he responded rather rudely.
Great, Maria thought. I am going to have to spend the entire flight trying not to breathe too hard so I won’t offend Mr. Sour.
“Leah, look at your dress. I told you that you ought to go to your house and change. Now it’s stained red from the dirt,” Anna, said to her ten-year-old cousin. Leah looked down at her red stain and then looked back up at Anna her eyes pleading.
“Anna, do you think you can get it out? Mommy won’t be happy if she sees it.”
“Well, she is going to see, but I will try to get it out for you. Bring it to me later today, and I will see what I can do,” Anna replied.
Maria smiled. Anna, Maria’s seventeen year old younger sister, hated to see anyone get in trouble, especially when they had been having a good time.
Maria went to the kitchen where the phone should have been, but it wasn’t there. It took a big search on her part to find the phone, which she finally found by paging it. It was under a pile of clothes in Daniel’s room with a sticky note on it that read with a poor hand:
Dangerous, if you touch will explode
“What in the galaxy was Daniel do…? No, no I don’t even want to know,” Maria said aloud to herself as she picked it up and dialed the number.
As you can see I took situations and incidents that happen in real life and used them to give my book humor and a realistic feeling. Do you have any examples that you would like to share?