Thursday, July 23, 2015
The Painful and Embarrassing
Paula Danziger definitely had it right. She knew how to create a truth-telling world. This is the draw-you-in-immediately-make-you-laugh-sob-and-wet-your-pants-all-at-the-same-time kind of telling the truth.
Wonderful to read, but not so easy to write.
But once you actually get down to adding that emotional layer--once you are actually laughing, sobbing, and wetting your pants while you are typing, it's going to be the most satisfying kind of work you can do.
My editor, Reka Simonsen, used to say to me, "Dig Deeper."
So that's my challenge for you this week. Think of things that make you cringe and write down exactly what you are feeling. Then give that feeling to one of your characters. Drum up that embarrassing moment--you know which one. Then pass it on to one of your characters. Go ahead. You got this.