When my 1-year-old is having problems falling asleep, he fights it and fights it, but then flops over onto his belly, sticks his butt in the air and falls quickly asleep. Watching him, I thought maybe I could solve some of my writing problems the same way. When I tried it at home, I realized I was in danger of getting saddled with a third “oops” child. At work, I believe they were thinking of resending me to the HR seminar that talked about proper workplace etiquette. So hoping for a less obvious method of getting past a blockade, I figure I’ll ask the lovely Waterworld ladies.
My problem: when I write my stories, I seem to be writing more motion than emotion. I gravitate toward describing what the character is doing, rather than what she/he is feeling or experiencing. I realize there is finesse in being able to entwine both, but I haven’t found it yet. I do realize my difficulty in getting the reader into my character’s head probably stems from the fact that I would rather flop on my belly and stick my butt in the air on a busy downtown street, than exeprience intense emotions. I don’t like them. And I don’t welcome them. But at the same time, writing is an outlet. So it becomes a double edged sword.
So how do you lovely ladies do it? (not the butt trick.. my 1-year-old has the market cornered on that one). What do you do to submerge yourself into the scene, the character.
All thoughts and comments are welcome. Including ones that kindly request I don’t perform the butt trick in public.