Her Thoughts Became Mine – Discovering My Character

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I finally got to edit today. I won’t bore you with why I haven’t been able to in the last few weeks, but I will tell you I felt lost, not being able to be active in the world I adore, the world I create.
I have a great critique partner. She is someone that really jumps into editing and gives an honest opinion. I noticed one thing that was brought up several times through my critique. “Too many internal thoughts.”
I have a tendency to include an internal thought from the mc at the end of a sentence but it wasn’t something I recognized I did until recently.

Coincidentally, a few days prior to receiving my critique I was beginning to spot the over usage in my work. So when I read her comments, I knew she was absolutely correct.
As I deleted words that have become special to me I realized something else. The internal thoughts that I was writing down unnecessarily were necessary to me. Those internal thoughts were my characters way of introducing herself to me. So though eliminating them makes the story stronger, I am connected to my character because of them. I learned what she thought about people, what she really wish she could say to people, what she thought of herself, what went through her mind when she was scared and what memories she held.
Her mind became my mind and I discovered everything she needed to be.

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8 responses to “Her Thoughts Became Mine – Discovering My Character

  1. Liesel Hill

    That’s a great way to look at it! I recently did a post on cutting word count for short stories, and I think this principle applies. You write down all the internal stuff first so YOU know your character, then delete everything the reader doesn’t need to know. Great insights! 😀

  2. Writing is a process and you have to get to the final result in a way that works for you. It’s so awesome that you realized this in your writing and that you know your character better because of it. Looking forward to reading more. Keep up the great work!

  3. Maribeth

    Thanks Nay Nay my superb writing partner. 😉

  4. What a great way to see things. I have to delete a lot of that as well, but it’s a great way to connect with MC’s.

  5. I ran into the exact same problem with my manuscript (“too many internal thoughts”) and also experienced the “agony of delete.” I love the perspective that all those “thoughts” help the writer, but not necessarily the reader — a great thing for me to remember as I move forward. Thanks!

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