How much of ‘you’ do you incorporate into your stories? Is there a familiar setting from your past that you find showing up out of the blue in your writing? For me, I like houses with rock siding.
Why? Because the home I grew up in had rock siding so I’m drawn to them. Love the look. But there’s a downside. Scorpions. Nasty little critters that lived in the cool crevices, coming out to torment us when least expected. It’s amazing how fast you wake up when one of those suckers stings you, too. Ugh.
But I digress. I wanted to talk about writing.
In my first book, Grave Secrets, I have a scene where the hero and heroine visit an elderly couple on their farm, giving the heroine a glimpse into his past. A critique partner told me she didn’t think it added anything to the story and to consider cutting it. I listened, nodded my head, and seriously thought about following her advice. For some reason, though, I couldn’t leave the scene out. I didn’t know why, just that my gut told me to leave it.
So I did.
As it turned out, that scene played a major part in the ending of the book. Something I hadn’t seen coming. (Y’all do know that I’m not much of a plotter, don’t you?) LOL
The elderly couple were actually my great aunt and uncle. I changed a few things about them, except their deep and abiding love for each other…and the fact that he had Alzheimer’s. Sadly, they’re both gone now. I miss the lessons they taught by their actions as well as their words of wisdom.
I guess sometimes we just have to follow our gut instincts and drop those jewels from our childhood into our stories. If you do, I’m sure the story will have a much richer flavor. I know mine did.
Tell me, have you used something, or someone, significant from your past in your writing? If so, how do you feel it impacted your story?