A little Sweeney wisdom from my workshop notes:
This is not a first drafty thing! Rather, it's an opportunity for layering.
Make sure it doesn't become an irritant. ie Do not overdo!
In my notes, I found this quote. It sounds like Joyce, so I'm giving her credit:
"Take your soul and turn it into craft."
Whenever I read a novel, especially a kids' book, if an event or an object shows up where you might not expect it, and then shows up again, it makes me smile. I tried to do that with the box and the game of Junk Poker the two sisters in my novel, GLORY BE, play together.
Now I have a lot of fun talking to kids about my JUNK POKER box.
Showing them my treasures.
I love it when I surprise kids--and occasionally a very young teacher!-- with something they've never seen.
Like a skate key.
(Kids always think it's a bottle opener...)
Another item of interest are my WAX LIPS. Remember those?
If not, let me refresh your memory.
(Thanks to my great friend, Julie, who posed at a gathering of her friends. Just for me, of course.)
So pull out your skates, find yourself some bright red lips, maybe deal a hand of whatever card game you play, think about your plots, but not to much, and have a great weekend everybody!