The six year old in me is springing to the fore. Maybe it’s because it is spring, or maybe it’s because of the topic for the month. My first thought when I saw the May theme was blossom was the children’s joke. April showers bring May flowers, but what do May flowers bring?
Wait for it…
Ok, I have that out of my system. Now, back to the real world.
I could not imagine how to make “blossom” into a post about writing, much less writing mysteries. Then I watched a little YouTube. I had my answer. In writing, everything blossoms. The plot starts with a tight bud. Gradually, over a number of chapters, the petals open and reveal the story. Just as the rose knows to peel away one layer at a time, the writer uses each chapter to expose one small tidbit to the reader. The writer’s goal? By the time the book reaches the end the entire story will be in full flower.
Characters do the same, each unfolds a bit of her personality as the book arc moves through the early phases to the intensity and speed of the middle and then to the resolution. Story and character each unfolding or remaining tightly furled in counterpoint or compliment to the other and to other characters. Each character represents a different flower that comes to full bloom in its own time. Some fast, some with exquisite slowness, some in an intricacy that only nature can create. The most precious blooms living little more than a moment in time and teaching the greatest lessons while the showiest are often red herrings.
Look at me the peony screams in the garden. I am beautiful. I am huge. This is my story! Come a bit closer though. Find the wild rose covering the ground beneath the peony. Hardy and capable, the delicate looking wild rose overlooked by most is the survivor in the garden of life. Neither high winds nor salt spray bothers it. Instead, it preservers until the end of season while the rest of the garden loses color and vigor. The little wild rose stays strong and vigorous adapting and changing until it finds the ultimate answer.
Blossoms. The perfect writer’s metaphor.