Wednesday, October 12, 2011
WIP Wednesday: The Insidiousness of Memory
I'm making some revisions to In the Memory House, and as my intrepid protagonist finds her room, I realize my own memories have spilled onto the page. Have you ever read "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman? You should. (It's rather creepy.)
I covered poor Kelsey's (the protag) room in yellow wallpaper.
The walls were hung with wallpaper—not a plain yellow, either. Upon closer inspection, she noted a subtle pattern of darker vertical lines, but the lines were made of a tiny, repeated shape. The shape reminded Kelsey of corn cobs. She was in the corn-cob room. Absurd. Her fingers touched the wall and found a slight texture, small bumps where the shapes rose from floor to ceiling.
And as another character says:
“Yellow. Yech. It’s a rather mustardy shade, don’t you think?”
So there it is--my subconscious giving me details for a spooky room in a spookier house. Thanks Fred.
Have ever accidentally dropped details into a story from fragments of memory?