Saturday, May 21, 2011

Emotion repitition

The idea for the post comes from Josh Hoyt at The Blog that Helps You Diagnose Your Character, That's a mouth full, but his blog is very educational.

Emotional repetition. I love writing from a man's POV, but I realize my feminine emotions can somewhat prejudice my perceptions. What was happening, a lot, was one or the other or, even, all of my male characters were crying a lot. It bothered me every time I reread for editing. Well, I learned somewhere in the process of learning to write, that if something nags at you while rereading or rewriting a scene, to revisit it. That's a lot of 're' this and that's. I was in denial because I thought those scenes were brilliantly written. That may or may not be true, due to my, uh, personal bias on the matter, but I was compelled to revise, to man up if you will. I let them feel emotion, let tears come to their eyes, even let them cry occasionally. Face it, men get emotional too. I'm glad I finally maned up, because I felt better about those scenes after I either took them out or rewrote them. The moral, and I know I've said this before, is to heed those naggers, they nag for a reason.

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  1. I find it hard to write in different perspectives. Sure, we all suffer emotions, but I think how we express them varies by gender. And no matter how hard I try, I just can't sound masculine enough to pull it off!

  2. I did this once, had my men crying at every turn. one of my beta readers was like, "uhh, I'll have to ask my husband, but I don't think a man crys THAT much." Ha! I guess it was that time of the month for me or something:)