This morning was a highly emotional time for me; I saw the Olympic flame come through my small town on its way to Vancouver for the Olympics this Friday.
I've got a personal connection to the Olympics, many years back I had friends with the Canadian gymnastics team and was actually hoping to be an Olympian myself (that however, never occurred, thanks to boycotts - and who knows if I'd have made the team).
I was watching the crowd around me this morning and saw a number of different reactions to the sight of the flame. Some people pointed and cheered. Many started running along side it (but not too close, obviously, security was tight). Everyone was smiling and waving flags. Some, like me, had tears in their eyes.
Let your characters experience strong emotions. Each character's reaction will be unique. Try to remember (as I'm certainly trying) to let them experience joy as well as sorrow. Peace, as well as turbulence. Love as well as hate. Some might get quiet, some might bow their heads, some might shiver. But let them have the full range of emotions.
Actions, sometimes, speak louder than words.
I'm so happy you got to see the flame. What a great experience that must have been. Excellent post.ReplyDelete
So, so true! So many times when I'm editing, I have to mark places where the writer is telling instead of showing. "She was happy." What does happy look like for this character? Let us see it.ReplyDelete
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Carol; It was incredible. You could reach out and touch the energy on that street this morning.ReplyDelete
Helen; That's the trick, isn't it? It's always good to be reminded.
Yes, great post. I'm envious of you being so 'close to the action'. In this case, I'm on the wrong coast of the country...ReplyDelete
Alan; *waving at you* They're Canada's games, they just happen to be here. I'm soaking up all I can; it's a once in a lifetime experience.ReplyDelete
What a fantastic sight! Enjoy...we'll be enjoying them, too (on TV..sigh!)ReplyDelete
Elizabeth; Although we're heading in to take part in the free celebrations (and there are TONS), no actual events tickets for us. I wasn't able to get any and WOW, unless you were willing to practically mortgage your house, they were incredibly expensive.ReplyDelete
That's great! Our daughter saw it go by in Kelowna and was really touched. Her company has purchased two large screen tv's so the staff can catch some of the events at work. The torch bypassed our little town so the powers that be decided to organize our own little winter olympics. Could be fun!ReplyDelete
How exciting!!! And great advice to let your characters experience stromg emotions.ReplyDelete
How exciting. And I agree, I am doing my best to illustrate emotions in unique and interesting ways.ReplyDelete
What a great thing to experience. I can't wait watch the Olympics, I only hope it snows there...ReplyDelete
Deb; I was shocked at how emotional I got. It was a memory that will live with me forever.ReplyDelete
JW; Strong emotions are good. Not all the time,mind you, but every once in a while it ramps everything up a notch.
Elizabeth; I'm confident you're doing a fantastic job.
Carolyn; Whistler is fine. It's just one mountain here in town they're worried about. And even then, athletes are practising there today. They've got backup plan after backup plan.
Oh, an actual, in-person, Olympic flame sighting. How cool! Seen it on TV, of course, but never in person. Bet it was stirring, especially with Olympic connections.ReplyDelete
Best Wishes Galen.
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So exciting! It was great seeing it in our city a few weeks ago. You're so right about the energy & the group excitement.ReplyDelete
Hate to ask if the answer's no, but... did you ever get any mitts??
Galen; Stirring doesn't begin to describe it. I'm a sap when it comes to the Olympics.ReplyDelete
Jemi; NO. Thanks SO much for reminding me. ; )
Yikes! Sorry!!!!! I thought for sure your stores would be restocked by now. *cringes away and hides*... :)ReplyDelete
Better than faboo. I love that you connected to the energy of it.ReplyDelete
At this moment, I really envy you, Elspeth. Not because you almost made it to an Olympics team, but because you saw the Olympic flame up close.ReplyDelete
I have a lump in my throat when I see it on TV - can't imagine how amazing it must be to really see it.
Very cool that you got to see the flame!ReplyDelete
And thanks for the reminder- I had been keeping a secondary character from getting emotional and it was snagging up my novel. Now she gets to go wild and crazy- the story's much better for it!
Elisa; I'm so glad I went!ReplyDelete
Rayna; I tear up every time watching the Opening Ceremonies; when my country's team enters, when the Olympic flag gets raised, when the cauldron is lit.
Stephanie; Let her go wild! She probably deserves to!
I second this emotion.ReplyDelete
Marvin D Wilson
Wow, how lucky to get to see that. It would bring tears to my eyes as well. So happy for you. Sorry, that's telling, not showing. I'm doing a jig as I read this.ReplyDelete
That's why writers have to study and watch people around them, to see how they express their emotions physically and facially, those little details are the essence of a good writer.ReplyDelete