Today, I’m not insecure. One might think I have some great tidbit of wisdom on how to achieve such a state. I don’t. But I can tell you how I got there, at least for today.
I know some of my primary weaknesses in writing, one of which is building/conveying emotions. Lately, I’ve been working on that. I knew, based on feedback, that a prologue of mine didn’t build reader empathy. I tried to correct it on my own. Maybe I needed a “Save the Cat!” scene for my characters? I revised, and then hit up my group in the IWSG Critique Circle.
My changes didn’t quite pull off the positive effect I was hoping for.
My partners in the IWSGCC made some actionable suggestions. Have the character put up more of a fight. Give more face time with the bad guy. Have the character show more concern.
I already knew I have an issue with inappropriately unconcerned characters. It happens with all of my characters.
Cera: Oh, my guardian is dying? How about I go on date.
Derek: Oh, my hand is numb and I have weird black veins. Man, I’m hungry.
MaTisha: Oh, my blood is the wrong color. Can I get something to drink?
Unfortunately, when I tried to correct that with LaTonya, it went to the melodramatic side. Ah well. But after getting feedback, I realized the key to emotions is more in the timing and narration clues. I haven’t mastered that yet. But with practice, I should be able to get there.
I have direction. Because of that, I’m not insecure.
What are you insecure about? What are your major writing downfalls? Do you have someone who can help you overcome them?