Monday, December 16, 2013

What Myers-Briggs taught me

I'm not a particularly emotional person; I've been called stoic at times.  I'm also a scientist (well, soon-to-be science teacher).  Yet my favorite books are the ones with emotion dripping out of them. (Ahem, TFiOS and City Of Bones). If the book can make me feel something, it's a keeper and I'm going to recommend it to all of my friends.  I can overlook meandering plot, not-great writing, what-have-you, as long as it has emotion.

But the one note I keep getting for my MS is that there needs to be more emotion and motivation from the MC.  So with emotion being so important to me, why is it so hard for me to write emotion?

I'm an INTJ (yep, I'm Malfoy).  It's that third component, I think, that makes it so hard for me to write emotion.  Naturally, I think using logic, not feelings, and that transfers to my write.  It's quite frustrating actually.  After a critique, one of my fabulous CPs deleted a line from a particularly emotional scene (one of very few in the book) saying something of the sorts that it was too analytical for that level of emotion in the scene.  I think it was that comment that gave me an epiphany.

Not everything has to stem from logic.

It was that one off-handed comment that made me self-aware to who I am and how I write.  And for this book, that emotion has to be there.  It just kinda opened up my eyes and made me realize how I can fix the emotional parts that aren't working.

Now if I could only fix the plot structure...

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