I'm sure you've read scores of stories. You've immersed yourself in hundreds of characters and hundreds of places, plots with suspense, drama, love, and fear.
And for many of these stories, you can't remember a single thing. At least, you can't without trying pretty hard.
But then, there are others.
For some reason, a moment will wiggle into your brain. A feeling or an image will paint itself into your memory. You might even hide it away, protect it, and make it part of who you are.
Isn't that amazing?! You can't predict it. You can't expect it. It either happens or it doesn't, and a writer is truly blessed when a reader comes forward months or years later and shares this experience.
As I sit here (well, actually lie on the couch), some of these story moments immediately leap to my mind. I'll never forget the incredible sense of bond among the older sister and brother as prisoners in Flowers in the Attic. I remember Mr. Halloway's thoughts about why the autumn people chose 3:00 A.M. to arrive in town in Something Wicked This Way Comes. I remember the strange despair of Sam sitting down to an everyday dinner after living the events of a hundred lives in Lord of the Rings.
More recently, I couldn't block out the voice in the dark in Anne Frasier's Before I Wake. (High five, Anne!)
What do you remember from the stories you've experienced? Care to share?
Glue. You've gotta love it!
UPDATE: Be sure to check out the post about the Firestorm of 1871 written by JimmyJames after being inspired by this one.