I am currently writing a road trip scene in my new book and constantly found myself repeating the same details over and over again. I found it difficult making the road trip entertaining because it’s two characters stuck in a car for several hours. My first idea was to have them argue (they’re sisters) but then I realized they couldn’t argue the whole time. Sooner or later they would get tired of yelling at each other, so what else could happen? Music. Music is always a big part of road trips, so I started writing about that. But eventually that got boring as well. So…how do you make a long road trip entertaining? Instead of writing down random things, I googled it. And this is what I found that helped me:
- Make sure you pick a specific setting.
- The road is a character just like the people. How does it curve around the hills? Is it flat and never ending? Bumpy?
- Create Interesting Characters.
- My two characters are sisters, and they are opposites, so I could compare and contrast them. Make sure they have interesting things to talk about. They can’t just argue the whole time.
- Create Drama between the characters.
- Write about an incident in the car that creates tension, or laughter, or something besides “normal” feelings. For example, I wrote about one of my characters spilling coffee on herself and she had to borrow her sister’s clothes. That could be very interesting and funny to the reader.
- Have the characters bond along the way.
- They can’t have the same feeling for each other from start to finish. Whether they hate each other by the end, or love each other by the end, their feelings have changed. So show it.
- Personal Experiences.
- Take ideas from your own life that could help make the story interesting. We all have a past, so use it to your advantage.
I know this helped me, so hopefully it will help you! Keep writing! 🙂