Monday, 2 February 2015

Feeling Our Characters Emotions...

I'm roughly at mid-point in the first draft of my contemporary romance, and I'm now trying to get on with the post emotional scene (that was between my hero and heroine); but I'm finding it difficult to regain the distance I need for the next chapter...

I'd finally given my two characters the opportunity for their first proper clinch and kiss, even though that wasn't my hero's intention at the start of the scene. Then he drops the bombshell of why they shouldn't become more involved.

The surprise was how much it effected me.

On the surface his reasoning is quite logical, however awkward it now makes both their lives. My heroine has suddenly been shown possibilities and has then had them whipped away a few minutes later - she's obviously upset.

Even though I know that they will get their happy ever after by the end of the story, there's a boulder strewn road just at this moment...

We all experience, or observe, life events: birth, death, celebrations, bad news, good news, and devastation- both emotional and actual. So we can draw on those emotions and reactions- just like actors do. But it still takes a toll on our emotions portraying those things through our characters.

I have some reading to catch up on, and a short story to check over for sending out. So a few hours distraction will do me good...






6 comments:

  1. That's a good sign if you've been so affected by the scene and its aftermath, Carol! Means the reader should be too.

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    1. Thanks. That's true, Rosemary. :-)

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  2. I was just thinking the same thing as Rosemary, Carol - they must be believable characters! If you care so will the reader.

    marion

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    1. I hope so, Marion, as they've been living inside my head and heart- virtually- for the last 8 months as I've got to know them. :-)

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  3. That's the sign of a very good novel - your readers should feel equally gripped by the scene.

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  4. I hope so, Wendy. I just need to make the rest as good. :)

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