I just finished reading The Hunger Games Trilogy. I enjoyed it. (Why do I feel strange saying I enjoyed a post-apocalyptic, kill-or-be-killed set of YA novels?) I’m also following Larry Brooks, at Story Fix, as he deconstructs the first volume, The Hunger Games.
In the third volume, the pace changes and Suzanne Collins takes you into a newly born revolution.
The character of Beetee is a tech genius and survivor of two hunger games. He is now designing weapons to exact some revenge for the loss of his partner, Wiress, in the arena. He has shown the heroine, Katness Everdeen, a personalized weapon and she asks how he thought of it. He says: “So, I left the outside simple, and left the inside to my imagination.”
When I read this, I was immediately how this applies to writing. The story should be simple, elegant in it’s first presentation to the reader. This is why cover blurbs are so difficult and people are employed specifically to do this work. When the author tries, they have the entire story bursting in them and trying to reduce it to 50 to 100 words is agony. But when you do it right, it’s like breadcrumbs to the reader, enticing them to follow you inside.
There is a lot more to say, but how about you taking this phrase and elaborating on how simplicity, well-done, hits the mark.
Take care–Susan Kaye