Hi all! Lindi here. We had so much fun last month with our Novella Bachelor. Thank you for participating and voting.
Today we’re talking about real life scenarios that are hard to put into a book because they simply seems unbelievable. Sometimes things happen in real life that seem too coincidental to put into a book.
I’ve drafted 3 scenes to show what I’m talking about. (Scenes are not perfected.:) rough drafts for this post only.)
Scene 1: A Hot Tub 4th of July
The weekend couldn’t have been more perfect. Janie said her boyfriend’s friend Stan was nice and cute. And he was! After a nice cookout, I am changing into my bathing suit as Janie’s boyfriend has a pool and a hot tub, and we were getting into the hot tub after a fun day swimming and eating good food. I had been slowly getting to know Stan, and I liked what I knew so far. Janie and I were laughing at silly things as we settled into the hot tub, the guys already in there. As we sit laughing about the fun events of the day Stan says, “Look. Over there.” We turn slightly to see fireworks lighting up the sky. “Must be the golf course club. They do fireworks every year,” Janie’s boyfriend says. I look at Stan, he smiles. A perfect ending to a perfect day.
Scene 2: Losing My Phone and My Life
I ran as fast as I could, not wanting whoever was trying to break into my house to catch me. Exhausted, I didn’t think I could run one more step. I stopped at the end of the street, gulping air, wondering if the 911 operator will be able to make out a word of what I was saying. I quickly turned to make sure I wasn’t being followed and I heard it. And felt it. My phone. It slipped out of my pocket. I watched in horror as it slid on the street, right into the storm drain. This seriously couldn’t be happening.
Scene 3: Best Friend Blunder Leads to Marriage
Honestly, I love my best friend but buying her a Christmas gift is the hardest thing in the world. But I really owe her something nice this year as she introduced me to the love of my life. Frank and I wouldn’t be getting married if Sonya hadn’t been running late, snagged the parking spot out from him after he’d been waiting for over five minutes. I was mortified that she had done that, and when I got out of the car I saw him waiting. But he didn’t seem mad. He was actually smiling. He drove off, but I couldn’t forget those dark brown eyes and cute smile. Two months later, at a fundraiser my boss made me attend, I saw him! I remembered the day in the parking lot. He remembered, too. We haven’t been separated since.
Okay–we have 3 scenes. 1 of them isn’t true. And of course, I’ve embellished the scenarios to fit romance or mystery genres. But I will say something in 2 of these scenarios actually happened to me. And when they happened I thought I could never put this in a book. No one would believe this.
Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. And as an author, it’s something I think about. I don’t want to put a scenario in a book that would make a reader think, oh, that couldn’t happen. Or, that a scenario is too convenient to happen. It’s a tough call sometimes.
So let’s have fun with this concept. Vote for the scene you think didn’t happened to me. After voting, tell me why you voted that way in the comments section. I’ll post in the comment section on Saturday which one didn’t happen and how the others did happen. Also, have you ever read a scene and thought that could never happen? Did that make you question the whole book? Thank you for your input.
One commenter will be randomnley chosen to receive an e book version of my novel, Sweet Love of Mine.