There are times in our project when we can’t get into our character’s emotions and it’s not the book or plot that’s blocked. Sometimes it’s us.
As writers we are often actors. We write a character’s actions and dialogue by putting ourselves in that person’s “shoes”; by playing their part.
But when our critique partners or readers offer the observation that our characters are flat, that the goals of the main character are obscured and that we are avoiding the emotions of our cast, it can be that we as authors are putting up the blocks.
When we use our own imagination for our writing, it means we have to dig deep and not shy away from uncomfortable and embarrassing emotion.
Authors writing memoirs have an even more threatening challenge in that they cannot cloak their revelations in a character because the story is about them
In order to touch our readers, it sometimes requires us to go into places, in our minds, that others dare not venture.
Sometimes we have to take the risk of some relative looking at us and wonder if we’ve considered plunging an ice pic into a teen’s eye, blowing up a charted bus of elderly gamblers or bungee jumping off a the Golden Gate bridge.
Confronting our own demons and fears are requirements for being an honest, interesting author.
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