When I plot a book, I'll often write the sentence 'blow stuff up' in the plan. I never, ever write 'feel something'. That might be one of the reasons I often get told my characters lack emotional depth in my first drafts. I wish I could just learn to write the emotion in the first time. It's not as if I don't know it's a problem. Why can't I learn how to do it?
The easy answer is probably that I'd rather write about something blowing up. Emotions are hard.
So it's time for me to analyse exactly what is needed to show emotion in writing and see if I can do it logically. These are things I know I'm supposed to do, but don't always remember to do them because I get absorbed with what's happening in the story.
Perhaps, when I'm plotting, I should also identify where I need to layer in the emotional depth. I could make another list! :)
E E Montgomery
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