I like a story that moves along and takes me with it. That means I write a lot of action scenes. But at the same time, the reader has to connect with the main characters. Which means I have to reveal emotions. But then, I can't tell the reader what's going on, I have to "show" them with my word choice.
There are times when I battle with myself over a word or sentence, wondering if I'm conveying what I want and at the same time showing the reader the action and emotion.
My critique partner recently returned a manuscript and said she loved the action--the twists and turns, but felt disconnected with the main characters because I didn't show their emotions enough. Yipes! That means going back through the story and upping the internal thoughts and emotions as well and adding actions to the main characters.
This is why I love having a good CP. She catches the things I missed but thought I'd put in the story. And, as hard as it is to admit being a romance author, I struggle with getting enough emotion in my books. I'm not a person who says "I Love You," every time someone I love leaves. I think I've said it to my husband maybe a dozen times in our 38 year marriage. I feel my actions show how I feel about someone without my saying it and making the phrase a motion rather than a true sentiment.
Having a CP who catches when I need to add more emotion is my greatest asset as a writer.
Since this post talks about emotions, it makes me happy to give people gifts. I'll put the names of everyone who comments on this post in my pretty name collecting box and I'll draw a winner on Wednesday, September 14th. The winner will receive one of my print books autographed and a couple of fun promo items I have.
Paty Jager is an award-winning author of 25+ novels and over a dozen novellas and short stories of murder mystery, western historical romance, and action adventure. She has a RomCon Reader’s Choice Award for her Action Adventure and received the EPPIE Award for Best Contemporary Romance. Her first mystery was a finalist in the Chanticleer Mayhem and Mystery Award and is a finalist in the RONE Award Mystery category. This is what Mysteries Etc says about her Shandra Higheagle mystery series: “Mystery, romance, small town, and Native American heritage combine to make a compelling read.”All her work has Western or Native American elements in them along with hints of humor and engaging characters. Paty and her husband raise alfalfa hay in rural eastern Oregon. Riding horses and battling rattlesnakes, she not only writes the western lifestyle, she lives it.