Normal can mean different things….to me, it means having scenes where the main characters do normal things, like enjoying an afternoon out.
I always find these scenes the hardest to write, but I think they’re crucial. In my second novel, the central character, a thirty-five-year-old man, has an eight-year-old son who is vulnerable. In the most recent scene, he and his son, a keen photographer, go for a walk along a former railway track. They take photos of the surrounding scenery and the father decides to spend the evening helping his son build photo collages.
The scene acts as a calmer between the more chilling moments of the story, allowing the central character to evaluate his priorities and make time for his son.
Difficult, but rewarding.