Saturday, August 07, 2010
I'm embarrassed to admit . . .
I’m driving my critique partners crazy. Well, at least I am myself.
Last month I took a course that opened my eyes to one of my writing habits.
Naming emotions. Like saying: Anger filled her features or embarrassment showed in her eyes, or doubt swirled in her chest.
We’ve all done it but it wasn’t until I was showed that by doing this I was pulling my writing out of a deeper POV. And that’s not what I’m aiming for.
Think of it this way. Instead of saying she was filled with embarrassment if I said instead; her eyes shifted to the ground while her cheeks turned red as the tulips behind her—isn't this showing the same emotion?
I just read two books and not once did I find this kind of writing. I hate to say this but when I name the emotions it is just plain easier. I’ll go as far as saying it's lazy writing on my part. Not what I want to do.
How about you? Have you picked up some good or bad writing habits you’ve seen others do?