I thought that you might like to know how my 'revelation' from yesterday turned out... in a word, Outstanding!
After realizing that I was rushing my little heroin through her world I slowed down and simply focussed on where she was at right then and there. When I did that it was not difficult to focus on her and all of the little details that make a story have depth and come to life.
Many people chastise the writing of J.R. Tolkien because of his focus upon the details and how he would spend a great deal of time simply describing something that seemed very minute. But he did it so that his readers could not only see but also hear and feel and smell exactly what he was trying to convey. Had it not been for his vision to take the time to describe so accurately, modern writers might very well be still glossing over the details. He was a visionary in the art of telling a story and his descriptions although sometimes arduous and ponderous when one wanted to get to the crux of the story without stopping to look around, are what made his stories so vivid and rich.
I do not spend nearly as much time describing things but I find that when I do take the time to build the set so to speak my characters react more realistically to events and each other. It's like singing to me. A single voice singing without instruments can be amazing and even mesmorizing but take that same voice and add others to compliment it becomes something more and then if you add instuments one at a time, making sure to never overpower the original voice and you end up with a banquet for the senses. A singer that comes to mind is Carrie Underwood. Her voice is so clear and unbroken and even if you dont like her style of music if you take the time to hear her sing without her musical backup I think that you would be amazed at her talent.
Anyway, in my story, The Poseidon's Daughter my little heroin has accomplished a task and managed to live through it. I love to put my characters in harms way and see if they can come out unscathed, which is not always the case. But this time she did come away unscathed and a bit wiser, which at her age is a feat all it's own.
Next time we'll talk about the hows and whys and whens of making female and male characters. Writing from the viewpoint of not only divergent backgrounds but also different genders, is not as easy as it sounds.
In the mean time, be good to each other.