The brainchild of Arlee Bird, at Tossing it Out
I love writers who leave something for me to figure out in their stories. One effective way they do this is to go for the subtle shadings in action or in description rather than using the blatant approach. Here’s an example of what I mean.
“. . .but it’s wrong what they say about the past, I’ve learned, about how you can bury it . Because the past claws its way out. Looking back now, I realize I have been peeking into that deserted alley for the last twenty-six years.”
In The Kite Runner, we know from this early sentence in the book, that something life-altering happened a long time ago. I’ve italicized the words that give us that information. Hosseini carefully chose them for the effect he wanted to create (dark, tinged with guilt, long-lasting). Whatever happened deeply affected the main character. But instead of telling us what it was and how it affected him, the writer nuances the event and leaves us wondering. Now we must turn the page to find out what this story is about. We’re hooked by this subtle glimpse of this character’s past.
Are you intrigued by what’s not explicit, by the nuancing of information in books?
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