Life is a reoccurring boring cycle day in and day out. Writers often create elaborate fantasies that don’t happen every day, right? Wrong.
Life is filled with small moments that are much better anything on the Kardashians. Thing might be better when holding something as sexy as Kim Kardashian’s cakes (Kanye, I’m jealous. I hate you.) but there’s always something exciting to write about from your day to day experiences.
Whether you’re writing a fiction or a biography, you need to learn how to choose the best moments.
My wife and did something out of the extraordinary today. We decided to challenge Southern California’s weather to a staring contest by riding Segways. A Segway is a sexy little beast that allows you to travel up to 13 mph by shifting your weight. In Beverly Hills, you can take a tour and see the sights–you know: bums with toenails longer than my penis, teenage girls with shorts that look like panties, and tourists pointing at historical buildings and shouting, “Ooooh!”
Overall, the experience was delightful. Much finer than sipping tea and reading the Dow. It was oodles of fun, but it wasn’t anything novel worthy. However, using clips of today could make a good story.
Writing Advice – Take What You Need
I can’t make a novel out of my Segway experience, but I could write around 2000 words about the people I met, conversations I had, and the heart racing experience of zipping through the alleyways. All I need to do is relate my experience to the overall theme of the book.
Because I was with my wife, that theme would have to be romance. I’d need to use that experience to strengthen the characters’ bond. Moments like these are great in novels if you place it right before a conflict. There are two things I could do:
1. Build the relationship on the tour then come home to a serious conflict like the lights are cut off and my ex-wife is at the front door begging me to take her back.
2. Build the relationship, but on the way home have one character learn about something that they want to keep secret from their partner. For example, have my wife learn that she’s been impregnated by the midget she slept with after her best friend’s wedding…I was wonder where she was during the cake cutting.
The second option is much more interesting because it allows the reader to think, “Oh no! That damn midget is spoiling all the fun they just had. If it wasn’t for him…” That’s what you want, the reader should feel a connection based on the characters’ experiences.
As a writer you should build relationships and tear them slowly. Make the reader anticipate the good and the bad.