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Me, Myself, Characters, And Emotion

 I’ve noticed that I have a problem making emotions believable in my characters.  I can put it on paper, but when I read it back it just doesn’t feel right.  The words are there, but they aren’t portraying what I want to come across.

I went to the library yesterday and picked up Creating Character Emotions by Ann Hood in hopes of improving this aspect of my writing.  The thing is, I’m not sure if the book is going to help.  Not because it isn’t a good book, at this point I don’t think any book would do any good in this aspect.

The more I’ve been thinking on the problem, the more I’m wondering if it’s not an internal problem.  Hell doesn’t even describe the last two years of my life.  It was one constant problem after another and I’m not talking about the “Oop’s” kind of problems.  I’m talking quite literally life or death situations that haven’t always worked out.

It takes a toll on you.  You have to be strong, you can’t show your pain, or if you do you should be showing it a different way.  At least this is the experience I’ve had.  Needless to say I learned to keep it all in and put on a front that everyone wanted to see, for the simple fact I was sick of being told how I should feel and what I should be doing.  

So maybe my characters aren’t expressing emotion the way I’d like them to because I have my own issues in that area.  I’ve never been great at expressing emotions, but in the last two years I’ve taken that to a whole new level. 

I’m really, really hoping it’s just the fact that I need practice and improvement in the writing area, but I’ve got this little nagging voice in the back of my head that’s telling me it’s not just that.  I guess my thinking is, if I can’t even understand my emotions and share them with someone else, how am I supposed to expect my characters to?