In an attempt to distract myself from the opening three chapters of this MS (and the fact that no one knows if the 5 finalists for SYTYCW have been contacted-or when they will be contacted) I’ve decided to work on the synopsis. Again.
As I’m reading I’m struck by the heavy back story and baggage I’ve saddled my hero and heroine with. I mean, I do love deep trauma and drama, and I love reading about characters that have had to overcome obstacles. I love seeing the character at the beginning of the book then changing after his/her journey and becoming a stronger person by the end of the book.
But I’m wondering if this is a little much. Then I started thinking that maybe if I could take away a little of the load-maybe some stuff that happened in the past that isn’t integral to the overall GMC…
I’m clearly having issues with this book.
Or maybe it’s the ongoing, never-ending SYTYCW…maybe it’s messing with my head…yes, that must be it.
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?
You know the one’s I’m talk about…the characters that you feel as though you know. The characters that make you smile, laugh, and cry. The characters that just won’t go away, even when you’re done your manuscript. Maybe that’s a good thing-maybe it means that these characters aren’t just real for me, but that they’ll be real for the reader too.
What about those places in your manuscript? In my last manuscript (the one that I entered into SYTYCW) I loved the small cabin that I had set out in rural Northern Ontario. I loved the idea of this lone cabin, two unlikely people, and a blizzard. Yeah, okay, so the setting may have been done before but that doesn’t mean it can’t be magical. Everyone has a way of putting their own spin on things and I feel as though I did too.
I love writing and reading about small towns, big, wide open country and winter. Those are the places and stories I love to read about so I guess it only makes sense that I’d want to write about them too.