I would imagine that most of you have seen the aftermath of a severe storm or hurricane. Downed trees litter the area, proof of the planet’s ability to destroy. Turning our attention to a single tree, we notice a large tap-root (most likely snapped off at ground level), moderate sized roots stemming off in multiple directions, and hundreds, if not thousands, of thread-like roots covering the entire underside of the root ball, supplying much-needed nutrients and water to the tree.
If we pay attention, we’ll notice that roots play a larger role in our everyday lives. Take for instance the ones we eat–carrots, beets, turnips, potatoes, onions, the list could go on; but, for the sake of not sounding like a seed-catalogue, I’ll stop there. Some of these roots have a smaller system of roots connected to their base. Kinda strange, don’t you think? Roots feeding roots?
All of these roots have something in common. They are necessary to the growth, well-being, and very existence of all the flora living above ground.
As humans, we are also rooted to many things: Our family, friends, jobs, and many others too numerous to name.
The same can be said for writing. As we move further into our story, we must be sure that the basic structure of the narrative is sound and firmly rooted. Just as the thread-like roots move in erratic directions, so should variables within your manuscript. This will add texture and dimension without compromising the basic foundation.
Please pardon me while I trim this tuber. It’s too big to fit into my potato gun, and my neighbor being home…I wonder if the door panel on a Lexus can take a hit….only one way to find out! Lock and load, baby.