Lack Of Zaz

Books are like lives and each chapter is a day in that life.  Just like the days of our lives, some are good, some are bad, some are exciting and some are just plain boring.

Telling a story, especially a story filled with exotic locales and magicks, is a lot of fun most of the time.  But to tell a whole and complete story, a writer has to go to the mundane places too.  The hum-drum mechanics of life have to be addressed.

I’ve reached a chapter that is wholly necessary, one that’s been set up since book three, and not very entertaining.  I’ve been trying and trying to think of a way to add more pizzazz.  Tragically, this entire chapter is devoid of zaz.  It’s zaz  repellent.

There’s no cool magicks, no new wondrous thing to describe and none of the really fun characters in this chapter.  It’s not something I’m anxious to write, it’s something that has to be done before I can move on.

After a great deal of thinking, I realized there’s not much that can be done to this chapter.  Things can be livened up a bit with extra good descriptions and one or two really great lines, but this is a legal proceeding and must have some gravitas.

Maybe it’s good to have a few slower chapters.  There’s a great deal of upheaval in book four, lots of drama, lots of magicks, lots of spectacular scenery overall.  Perhaps it’s good to give the reader a bit of quiet between outbreaks of drama.

I’m curious about how other writers handle the chapters lacking in zaz.  Surely, we all have them, but there has to be a nifty trick out there somewhere.  Anyone care to share?

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  1. Ron Ron
    July 18, 2014    

    Hi Cairn,
    You are absolutely right, good story books shall contain everything. Aside from reading, I also like watching movies with good story lines. And I’m delighted when these books and movies have all the elements of what our own lives are offering us on a day to day basis, the sublime and the low; the funny and the lame; the exciting and the boring; the private and the public; the clean and the sordid, because that’s when we would be flying with the characters, swaying with grass, walking the ants, enthralled with the sets of magic, and be sucked into the very core of the mysteries and secrets of each chapter.

    When I encounter a day when it is hot and boring and humid (I used to live in a tropical country) and there’s nothing really useful to do but sweat, my father used to say…’then sweat with excitement, because the results of your sweating today might be useful tomorrow. And who knows, you might sweat with someone exciting.” I guess that’s also true in writing (or reading, or watching), we just need to get excited about the boring and the details and the mundane and the slowness of things because they may (and will) come handy in the next chapter/s

    I wish the best in your writing Cairn.

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