High Impact Moments
Copyrighted by Lorna Tedder. Originally published in Third Degree Below.
â€œI have fantastic news,â€ I tell Lauren Hartford. â€œYour doctorâ€™s plane Â just crashed in the jungles of Costa Rica, thieves have stolen his medical supplies, and heâ€™s running for his life with just the clothes on his back and no hope of ever returning home!â€
Laurenâ€™s response? â€œSquee!â€
For Lauren, whoâ€™s working on A Wedding of Souls, the follow-up book Â to Celebrating the Tower Card, this really is fantastic news. As an editor, Iâ€™ve already told her that she must revise the first two chapters to the point of rewriting themâ€”which is where we are nowâ€”but I wasnâ€™t sure weâ€™d be Â able to use the plane crash scene, even though weâ€™d both wanted to.
Sheâ€™d come back to me during the summer, wringing her hands and a little uncertain of whether to bring it up, but sheâ€™d had this sudden vision concerning Â the hero of the book she was revising at the time. Â It was an omigod moment for me when she described it. It had everything an editor wants to see in a book, including the high emotional Â impact, Â some Â amazing Â twists Â and Â turns Â that Â the reader will never guess, Â edge-of-your-seat Â suspense, and tear-your-heart-out Â Â emotion. Â Butâ€¦the Â scene Â was Â also very controversial. Â And thatâ€™s where I wasnâ€™t sure if we could do it.
I guess, for whatever reason, that book was delayed because it didnâ€™t feel right then, but it does now and itâ€™s close to being done.
The biggest decision in keeping the scene is the high impact feel to it. Â The controversy is part of that, yes, but the controversial issues are also part of why her protagonist is where he is and why he canâ€™t get out of a disastrous situation on his own. Considering that the current in this scene is just under the surface throughout Â the book but that the book doesnâ€™t really seem to be â€œaboutâ€ this particular Â scene or even this particular protagonist, it could have been left out altogether and the reader would never know. In fact, the Wedding in A Wedding of Souls is some- one elseâ€™s wedding that has an effect on the two protagonists. Â There are other emotional scenes in the book, but by comparison, theyâ€™re flat when it comes to this one. So, in spite of the controversy, I finally decided to keep it as a pay-off for the reader.
Because the reader Â deserves Â to read something Â that has high emotional impact.
I think life should be like that, too. Itâ€™s better than going through life without anything Â that impacts us emotionally, though Â I Â always thinks itâ€™s best when the emotions impacted are intense feelings of love and joy.