“I’m sorry. I’m so, so sorry I did this to you!”
I have trouble embarrassing my characters.
I can do troubled pasts and stuff. In fact I love a brooding, tortured hero. BUT, I’ve discovered with this manuscript, that I have trouble humiliating my characters. Even though it’s not in the present, I found it really difficult having my heroine explain the ridicule she had endured in high school. I had to have a glass of wine (uh-oh, don’t read that post below about wine or it’s going to look like I’m developing a bad habit) in order for her to get her past out.
I’m one of those people who, when watching a movie or TV show and someone embarrasses themselves I cover my eyes and cringe. I just feel so embarrassed for them. That almost stopped me from writing the scene with that intensity and honesty. I was so embarrassed for her. I didn’t want her to have to relive it-and then tell the hero. But then, if I didn’t write it like that, and didn’t make it that bad, I think it wouldn’t have had the same impact.
I re-read the scene and I found myself covering my mouth and cringing. Poor girl.
Oh well, maybe that means the writing was real.
How about you? Any problems humiliating your characters?