First Sentence Fridays – Chapter 30
Here comes a small reason I sometimes say writing is a hair pulling exercise. I’m sure I’m not the only one who dwells on various word choices when it comes to establishing the voice of a character. I remember when I wrote the sentence below only one word seemed to fit and I kept coming back to it. That word was stewing. Originally it was,”Mr. Fowler got to brooding over . . . ” but there was something about the way it sounded when I read it out loud that wasn’t right for Sonny’s voice. I tried worry, fret, dwelling, etc.
Stewing is what sounded like Sonny, not only because it matched how I heard her in my head, but because it IS what Mr. Fowler is literally doing. Can’t you just picture him sitting there, silent, morose, angry looking? He’s . . . stewing. There’s a term, to stew in one’s own juices, meaning “to suffer anxiety or the unpleasant consequences of one’s own actions without the consoling intervention of others.” In this case, it is more aligned to Mr. Fowler becoming more and more resentful, and he’s not one to let things go.
Mr. Fowler got to stewing over how things went that morning back at our old house.
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