Thursday, June 23, 2011

Adding Turkey to your Manuscript

Yesterday when I got home, this wild turkey was walking down my street.

I live on a quarter acre. In a neighborhood of quarter acres. We do have conservation land WAAAYY across two streets. But wildlife beyond squirrels and chipmunks is unusual. Seeing a turkey was a surprise.

And now we get to my point.

You know when you're writing something and it's just not coming together? Maybe you're missing something? Sometimes you've got to add a turkey to your MS. Adding an element of surprise to your manuscript is key to creating something unique and special. Add a Turkey. And it might just kick start your day.

(You know I don't mean *literally* a turkey, right? I mean, that would be unusual. But any element of surprise can be your turkey.) Okay, yeah, you got that. Just makin' sure.




10 comments:

Sarah said...

This makes me chuckle, in part because I drive by these things standing by the road sometimes, and they ALWAYS startle me. I think adding surprises to the ms is great--as long as they relate to your overall story arc. Nice analogy!

Kristine Asselin said...

Yes, Sarah's right! The element of surprise you add DOES need to relate somehow to the overall arc, even if it's not immediately obvious what the relationship is. :)

Ansha Kotyk said...

You're rockin' it this morning Kris. :) This is totally what I needed for my wip today. THANKS!

MG Higgins said...

I love seeing the unexpected. We've had raccoons and hawks and fox show up in our suburban (and completely fenced) backyard and it's such a thrill. Great pix and nice analogy.

Sophia the Writer said...

omg he looks hilarious

My boyfriend is TERRIFIED of birds - any size, any kind, flightless or soaring. He would have had a panic attack while I stood laughing.

Kristine Asselin said...

Thanks Sophia! It kind of freaked me out, but then I ran to grab my camera. He kept running the Other direction!

Mike said...

This is great advice! I must remember not to forget it.

Friday my son and I were sitting in my truck when two birds ran crashed and one fell in and onto my leg. My son had just taken a picture of something else and I said "Take a picture quick!". The pic he had just taken had used up the final spurt of battery juice in the camera! So, you'll have to take my word for it.

Beth said...

The next time I get stuck, I'll add a turkey ;).
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Kristine Asselin said...

Of course the next day my neighbor tells me how dangerous and mean turkeys are. What would I have done if this one had turned on me!

Michelle Teacress said...

Haha! This reminds me of the time a coupld of turkeys kept showing up on the patio table of my mom in law's porch. They'd look in the window at us like we were turkey TV.

I know turkeys can be mean, but they're not that big. A real good kick would work well for self defense. ;)