Monday, May 16, 2016

The Thriller, Filler, Spiller Approach To Writing

I have to confess that this time of year is the most challenging for me writing wise. I'd much rather be outside. Or thinking about plants and digging in flowerbeds. Not to suggest I have a green thumb. I do not. But I love flowers. And sunshine. And fresh air. But I tend to plant the same annual flowers every year. The colourful kind. Also the extremely hardy kind. For instance, you have to try really hard to kill a petunia. I don't know the name of the flowers in the photo but they're hearty little plants. Which means drought resistant in my neck of the woods.

I also love flower pots. But I'm trying to think outside the box by mixing it up a little this year and using other than the usual petunia.

By using the thriller, filler and spiller concept. Makes sense right? Which could also apply to my writing style and how the creative process works in my brain.

Thriller: Plot pivots in the story. Those all important moments of madness and confusion. Decisions are made. Sometimes good. Sometimes bad. Either way the story shifts in that direction.

Filler: Those bits of carefully chosen background information. A sentence here. A paragraph there. Important details revealed in conversation. Carefully planted clues to what has happened in the past, how it might predict the future. And might explain why the present is in a state of chaos.

Spiller: Those bursts of surprise whose trails lead places you might not expect. Tangling and weaving more intrigue into the unsuspecting characters lives. It's the falling in love despite the past and the what might happen in the future.

Do you have a green thumb? Inspired by nature? 


B.E. Sanderson said...

I love how you worked that into a writing analogy! And it totally works. Yay. I love nature. I'm pretty much done with major planting after these past two years. Now I can sit back and watch my perennials and flowering bushes grow. I do have some iris bulbs leftover from last fall that still need planting, so I have a new bed to build. But that's it. Okay, maybe some annuals for the wildflower bed. But that's it. ;o)

jblynn said...

Yay for spillers!! (my favorite part)

This is my third summer in Florida and I decided not to plant this year. It's just too miserable to water anything in the relentless heat.

Besides I have a lot of houseplants and they make me happy.

Karyn Good said...

Thanks B.E.! That's my plan too. To eventually have mostly perennials. Traditionally the upcoming long weekend is the time to start planting in these parts. I can't wait!

Karyn Good said...

Mine too, JB! And houseplants improve air quality, so bonus!