I’m sure you’re thinking “What?”
Both require planning.
I have to admit that I was excited about the theme for this month, and the subject for the day that my blog turn fell upon. See, my daughter is getting married this summer so at present I’m up to my chest in wedding plans, if not higher. I’m also planning a couple of books. One book is a romance and the other a nonfiction, so I have no trouble making the comparison between books and weddings, mostly because they’re the sum total of my world for the next three months.
In a book as well as a wedding it’s important to know the players. It may be more difficult to do that in a book because the writer has to create the characters backgrounds and issues. BUT, compared to getting to know the bride or groom’s family and what they expect on the wedding day it may be a tossup on which is the more difficult. Fictional characters have problems, expectations and challenges just like real people. Just figure out who will do what, when, and where and make them work at getting to know each other.
Weddings need to have a setting as do books. Should the wedding be held at a church, outside, on a beach or will everyone take a cruise? (I personally think this one works best for a bride’s mother, but no one asked me.) The setting can play a major role in the story or wedding, or blend into the background. That is only a decision the author or the bride and groom can make.
Make use of scenes. These are when we see the characters or the bride and groom interacting with each other. For the wedding this can be when the guest list is decided on, looking for the first house to buy, or what blender to register for. The list can go on and on. Reading about what characters do together makes or breaks the relationship between in the story.
Decorating is necessary at a wedding and this includes clothes the members of the wedding party wear. This reflects the personality of the couple marrying. The groomsmen in my daughter’s wedding party are going to be wearing camo ties. Does this say anything about the groom? You bet it does. I write Presents and my alpha males are rich. They show up looking sharp and suave in pressed slacks and a silk shirt. How the author dresses their characters adds another dimension to the characters for the reader.
The reception is the meet and greet, cake and rice throwing part of the wedding where all the family and friends of both parties intermingled. This section of a book is where everything comes together. The characters find they are bonded by not only their love for each other but by the circumstances and events that brought them together, just like the newlyweds do.
Ask me in a few months how the plotting and planning have gone. And more importantly did I survive.