How do you show a reader that your pre-teen character is alone, especially when she is not alone physically? How do you show emotional strength in a precarious situation?
And, more importantly, how do you keep the reader involved because there’s something familiar about the scene? something that keeps us nodding and saying, “Yep, I could see that,” while we’re Oh-So-Glad it never happened to us?
Here is a perfect example, dear readers. Beautiful words.
Author: Beth Hoffman
Novel: Saving CeeCee Honeycutt
Setting: CeeCee is twelve. Her mother is losing touch with reality and lives only in the past and her father is absent most of the time.
Passage: While the tub was filling, I returned to her bedroom. One by one, I pried her fingers from the scrapbook, helped her out of bed, and led her into the bathroom. Why, I don’t know, but Momma refused to take off her bra and slip. I didn’t have the energy to argue, so after I gathered a wad of tissue and wiped bubbles of snot from her nose, I let her sink into the tub while I sat on the toilet lid and began reading aloud from one of my Nancy Drew books.
When Momma’s tears finally subsided, she looked at me with swollen, red-rimmed eyes. “Is Nancy Drew a friend of yours? I don’t recall.”
Thank you, Beth!!
PS: She has a new book coming out on May 28, 2013. WOOT!! (Aren’t I super eloquent?)
Note: This blog is mine and no one pays me for it’s content. If you’d like to pay me, feel free. I like money. However, Ms. Hoffman doesn’t know me from Adam, except for the occasional “hello” on Twitter. Yes, she’s nice enough to encourage a beginner/wannabe writer like me, as if there aren’t thousands more like me out there. But that’s the sum total of our relationship. Just so we’re clear.
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