There’s a new movie that came out a while ago, called The Martian, and I know it’s gotten a huge rep, but every time I hear its new I can’t help but think of my new book: The Martian Chronicles.
It’s by Ray Bradbury, and within the first page, I was captivated.
“One minute it was Ohio winter, with the doors closed, windows locked, the panes blind with frost, icicles fringing every roof, children skiing on slopes, housewives lumbering like great black bears in their furs along the icy streets. / And then a long wave of warmth crossed the small town…Rocket summer” (1).
There’s a certain voice that goes with each writer, and I would have to say that I align with Bradbury. His quick succinct images, each one trailing after another, creates this whole picture of a concept. Here winter. Then summer. It does a wonderful job of introducing the tone of the book, only needing a few pages.
Notice how he gives you the concept: Ohio winter.
Read his quick participial phrases, each one describing another feature of the Ohio winter.
Within a single sentence, he gives the reader virtual breaths with each comma, letting each part rest before he expands upon it. And then he does it again with its opposite: summer. He creates these contrasting opposites, which fill you with the feeling of change, of instantaneous reversal.
This is a good way to work with visuals.
Bradbury, Ray. The Martian Chronicles. New York, NY: Harper Perennial, 1997. Print.