After many years of trying to bring structure and process to writing, of telling stories that were close, but never felt quite “right”, the ideas of a new writer, my husband, recently made everything finally click into place. I don’t know why I didn’t see it. In my heart, I think I’ve always known it, but I’ve never given this idea the credit it deserves. Until a conversation with The Husband.
As it happened, we were talking about writing, which we do a lot of. His approach to writing is one I haven’t seen before–an approach gleaned from reading many of the current how-to books out there, and yet wholly his own. I’m not going to spoil the surprise by telling you what his approach is. He’ll share his theories here in his own time. Until then, they’re his to keep. But I will share what led to my epiphany, and the name of this blog. (It’s subject to change, by the way, if we come up with something better.)
We were talking about writing and reading when he mentioned that what he cared about first in every scene were the moments. Not the plot, or theme, or any other mechanics, but the interactions between people. And it hit me–of course! This is how we live our lives. Moment by moment. Moving from one interaction to the next, our lives spinning out our own stories. These moments–and the emotions attached to them–are what feeds our memories, and gives us the stories we will tell as we grow older. The more moments we have, the more vivid the memory will be.
And so it should be when you’re writing for others to read–whether it’s a short story, a novel, or a memoir. This is the pulsing heart of the scene. The thing that will it come alive on the page. If memorable, people will remember ‘the moment’ long after the pages have been put away.
That’s the concept that excited me. The piece that has been haphazard in my own work. And so, as I set out to write my next novel, I renamed the blog to Moment-by Moment–to remind us all to search for the moments in our lives and our writing.
There you have it. My moment is done. See ya next time.