Today is day five of NaNoWriMo. I've been good! I have been disciplined and have managed to log at least 2000 words a day, which is over the expected 1600 NaNo guidelines.
Now, mind you, I actually started writing about my boys about a month ago, and had 27,000 words by the end of October.
I am totally enjoying the interaction with other writer friends that I have met on Twitter or Facebook who are doing NaNo as well. I'm actually kind of surprised at how many established authors sign up. For instance, Shoshanna Evers is one of my writing buddies! How cool is that?
I had a great Twitter friend beta my story when I was about 9000 words in. She gave me such wonderful advice and I am so glad I got up the courage to ask. One of the things we talked about was "show vs. tell" and I have been struggling with that. I understand what it means, but I don't have an easy time applying it to my writing as yet.
The best ideas are when you are in the shower, right? So, the other night I was in the shower and I thought about this whole "show vs. tell" concept. I thought about my favorite author, Tiffany Reisz and how phenomenal her writing style is. It was then that I heard the angels singing. Well, one angel, actually and his name is Michael. He is one of the main characters in Tiffany's book, The Angel, which is my all-time favorite book (read it six times as of this blog post). I thought about my very favorite scene where Michael's feelings become too much for him to bear and he runs from the room and hides in the bathroom. Nora comes to check on him and he crumples to the floor in her arms and pours out his heart to her about his feelings for Griffin. Now, mind you, this is a boy who basically doesn't speak. In the book, his diatribe is about two pages long. At the end, he whispers to Nora, "You won't tell him, will you?" and (I have chills just typing this) Griffin, who has been standing in the doorway says, "She doesn't have to."
(Shudder....) Ok. Had yours truly been writing that scene, I would have had Michael from from the room and hide in his bedroom thinking all those things about Griffin. *yawn* What a difference Tiffany's version makes. HUGE! It takes "my" boring version and turns it into something that still makes me tear up when I think about it. Tiffany showed me the anguish in Michael's heart, not just told me about it.
Ding! Ding! Ding! I get it now! I really, really get it!
So, I had to email Tiffany and give her a virtual hug and tell her, once again, how much that passage impacted my life. She sent me this reply:
"Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass." -Anton Chekhov
God, I love that woman! So, armed with that inspiring quote, I'm ready to tackle NaNo today with a whole new outlook. I have plastered the quote everywhere and hopefully I will actually be able to apply it much easier now than in days past. Wish me luck!