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♥ Leger ♥
Let's climb that hill! Wait, let's climb that bigger hill!
Sounds a lot like writing, doesn't it? Mountaineering or humans on mountaintops have been around since prehistory. As advances in equipment and technology happened, we climbed higher mountains. Alpinism is a sport that is very loosely regulated. Which, of course, can lead to some pretty spectacular deaths. And it's not an inexpensive sport, climbing Mount Everest can cost anywhere from $50,000 USD on up.
We all envision that dream, standing alone at the peak with a pick in our hands, scanning the horizon, and claiming the peak as our own. Unfortunately, the reality isn't quite the same.
George Mallory, one of the oldest known bodies on Everest is still up there, having passed in 1924. A famous mountaineer at the time and when asked why he wanted to climb the then unconquered mountain, he famously replied: “Because it’s there.”
If someone dies on Everest, it is almost impossible to retrieve the body. The weather conditions, the terrain, and the lack of oxygen make it difficult to get to the bodies. Even if they can be found, they are usually stuck to the ground, frozen in place.
Let's cheer for those who made it to the summit!
So, a few suggestions after all that excitement. When writing about a sport, an adventure, or a hobby, do your homework. Research the terms used in the sport and its equipment. There's a level of accuracy that makes your story more genuine. You could interview people in the sport and ask them questions, and have them beta read your writing for glaring mistakes. You certainly don't want to run out of oxygen before reaching your peak. Invest in your story, give it life.
Climb on and Write On!
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Excerpt: I strapped my crampons to the top of my pack for easy access, put on my stocking cap, zipped my shell, and, now ready, turned to my dad. He was reading the route report, something that the rangers always left posted in the climber’s hut at the Wy’East day lodge.
Excerpt: Jeffrey Martin was thinking of how easily he used to slide both his legs in his snowboard’s binding at the top of Mammoth Mountain’s massive cliffs, just before the moment he stepped on a bomb in Kandahar.
A Man And His Nephew Go Looking For An Ancient Lost Civilization...
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Excerpt: A loud clap of thunder abruptly brought Jacob out of his reverie. He realized he’d been staring blindly out of the mouth of the cave for some time now as he wallowed in his self-pity.
“How’s your ankle feeling, uncle Jake?” Chris asked.
Jacob tried to move his foot, but then thought better of it. He knew it was useless; the swelling around the ankle was only getting worse. It was either broken or severely sprained.
Excerpt: Charlie, Lucy and Jesse ran down the mountain drive. Their infectious laughter filled the valley. They slowed down slightly when they reached the rickety bridge but their bounding game of tag continued until they reached the spring house. The squishy ground between the road and the spring house sucked on their shoes as they gingerly tried to get to the best tasting water in the area.
Excerpt: It must be smooth, though not perfectly round. Not too light, but no more than half a pound.
Excerpt: My mom and dad were both school teachers and taught summer school most summers in Dade County Florida. During this time my brother, Bill, and I would go to Decatur, Georgia to visit my grandmother, Nanny. We loved to go to her house. The neighborhood park was just the other side of her back yard fence and the public library was right down the street. I loved to read and spent a lot of time in that library.
Excerpt: It was the dead of night, the kind of night in the middle of summer that begged for respite. It was one of those muggy nights that threw a blanket of stickiness over everything and everyone it touched.
Excerpt: Carla stood at the door of her father's office. Her teeth worried her bottom lip and her heart beat so hard she thought he might hear it.
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Last month's question: How do you introduce character memories?
What is your advice for using them in our writing?
Angel Wolf : I suggest doing this: "The sun beat down on the beach, making the sand get bright... Charlie remembered."
I italicize thoughts and memories.
Lari Nibin : I use italics for those reasons as well, whether they be for personal thoughts or flashback scenes.
FlyingDuckManGenesis : One branch in Accidents takes place two years after the events of Toddlerhood Interactive, as it features some of its characters, including Brad Hunter and Ryan McHiggins. In Toddlerhood Interactive, Ryan and Brad had been working together to save up 100,000 tickets so they could buy a toy roundhouse from Farl E. Ferret's. Accidents reveals that they finally got it, as Ryan is able to incorporate it into the layout he and his friends build together. The day he and Brad finally got the roundhouse was a happy day for them both, as it was one they had previously saw at their daycare center.
dblameck (David) : Robert sat back and closed his eyes and immediately his thots slipped back to her lovely face and he could once again smell the scent of her perfume
Happy to write : I’m not completely sure however I say if it works in your story ie adds something worth while to the story use it / do it if not than don’t period.
TJ-returning to ketosis : Most often I use italics, but on rare occasions, I may put a thought in (parentheses).
As he trudged through the newly fallen snow, Jon thought, Is this snowy, cold weather ever going to end?
"Hey Jon, looks like we got more snow!" Bink exclaimed with a smile.
"It sure does," Jon replied as he thought to himself (I'd like to bury this moron in the snow!)
A Penguin Simulacrum of Steven : In passing generally, unless they are a vital part of the story, in which case I might use a flash-back scene. Whether that is italicised, done as a passive construct, or written in pluperfect tense depends on the story itself.
dblameck (David) : The dust blew away as she opened the old photo album to reveal his likeness in the browning photo. Silently she remembered..
elephantsealer : "Character memories" are difficult to include in one's writing; however, they seem to be a necessary part of writing. I would use a past event that I would introduce as part and parcel of either a past event; a dream; or something that the arc character is good at...
TheBusmanPoet : Memories are written from real life experiences or encounters for myself.
keyisfake : When their emotions take the best of them.
Louise Lamb : Memories serve to develop characters in many ways. For example the character may need to remember a traumatic experience during childhood which led him to join the FBI in adulthood to show his sense of purpose and some vulnerable character flaws as a consequence.
Raven Rose : As someone who prefers fast-paced writings, I tend to keep them brief, to not interrupt the flow of the plot and current surroundings. However, memories can be very important for character development, so I include them in passing.
Example: Leaning against the balcony, I looked up at the silky white sky and took a deep steadying breath. The smell of grass and spring flowers filled my nose, reminding me of the field of lavender I would run through and the tall trees I would climb as a child. A sense of calmness washed over me as I thought of my mother's warm arms embracing me. This was not my home, but with time and effort, perhaps it could be.
Elfin Dragon-finally published : Character memories are difficult for me. I think it depends on how long the story is and where the story begins for the character. If it's one short story you can present it as starting out in the past and then progressing to the present. With a longer tale, you can do it with flashbacks, though you don't want to do too many. Or, as done with some trilogy-type series, you can do them in prequels and even (as with Jim Butcher's "Side Jobs") a group of tales in the middle.
Monty : I have a lot of memories of characters but not sure I would write about them. LOL
oldgreywolf scribbles : Anything that triggers the 5 senses can cause the return of memories, although scent is regarded as the strongest trigger. Sight can work excellently, too, and isn't necessarily hampered by a breathing device. Let's not forget that SEEING a rose in bloom can bring the memory of SCENT to mind.The brain we use is not a Meat Machine (attributed to Marvin Minsky), but a very complex, self-writing neural network, which does not lay memory down linearly, and will re-write recovered memories when they are again storied, depending in part on the individual's emotions at the time of storage. If you chose to research this subject, I recommend you include brain lateralization, as well.
Thanks to everyone for your responses! Leger~
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