Thursday, December 11, 2014
Strategy # 6 Homespun Locale: Afterlife: The Resurrection Chronicles
Build Your Story: 8 Strategies for Writing Innovative Setting with Impact
Case Study: Afterlife: The Resurrection Chronicles by Merrie Destefano
Take a look at this brief excerpt from a local graveyard in New Orleans, Afterlife: The Resurrection Chronicles, by Merrie Destefano, and apply the sensory questions as before that we did in the last session: Strategy # 5 Honest Sensory Keys
“Dead leaves rustled and tumbled through a narrow courtyard. She was gone.
“Hey,yeah! Angelique. Where are you?” Stone met stone, shadows changed from gray to purple to black.
"Babysitting 101: Never turn your back on a Newbie. Especially on Day One."
"There were no sounds except my own footsteps as I stumbled through uncharted darkness; my own heartbeat, as it chugged along like a train on rickety tracks. I began to jog between temple-tombs, moved through what looked like a black-and-white-vampire movie set.”
These three excerpts also contain a measure of suspense and yet the mood, the tone and the sensory details give this story a personal voice and authenticity very distinct from the two previous historical excerpts. However, the difference is not because this is in a different genre. The resonance works because the senses work in sync with your protagonist.
Share: Which detail caught your attention?
Read deep, marcy
Find out more information about Afterlife: The Resurrection Chronicles and more stories at Merrie’s website: www.MerrieDestefano.com