But we don't have that luxury in books. We have to fill in that time. Nor can we simply allude to it. We have to deliberate and reach a verdict. And for middle grade readers, we can't afford too much navel gazing. We don't want to to lose them.
Darcy Pattison has this helpful post on epiphanies:
I'm working on the epiphany of a character-driven middle grade novel right now. And I've got three chapters of self-talk, dialog, rumination - some different settings, but talk nonetheless.
How do I let the reader know what my MC has learned?
So how do you do it? How do you gussy up a character-driven, middle grade epiphany? Even THAT sounds boring. What do you do to keep it interesting?
- Make it funny?
- Intersperse action?
- Use the "Pope in the pool" technique from Save the Cat?
- Keep the tension high? If so, how?
- Maybe there's more I can do with inference.
- Maybe I'm explicitly stating too much.
Middle grade writers, HELP!