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You can't just state your emotions, that makes me feel angry! 
17th-Sep-2012 05:01 pm
Loz Cola
Ugh, guys, I'm finding it very hard to get into characters' headspaces lately. Not in terms of understanding why they do what they do, but conveying that to an audience? It always feels so forced and clunky. I've struggled with this aspect of writing forever, but ever since The Closet and Dr Caligari I've found it even worse; almost impossible. How do you do it? How've you seen other writers do it? How do you make things clear enough that people aren't all "your characters have no emotion" but aren't just writing things like "He hadn't listened and that made Gus sad" (which isn't an actual example, but terrifyingly close to it, bleugh.)
17th-Sep-2012 12:22 pm (UTC)
This is one of my favourite songs. :D Meep?

This is good advice, thank you.

(Mostly, I find myself thinking "you used to do this, Loz. All the time. Maybe you should've just stuck with what you knew?") Because it's likely a style thing. More distant show rather than tell is my metier, and whatever the hell it is I attempted with the Psych fic is not.
17th-Sep-2012 12:30 pm (UTC)

It's a great song. One of my American friends says it's a really English song due to the understatement of it. *g*

I know very little about Teen Wolf but Derek is a werewolf, right? Fandom osmosis, it's a thing. Well, for instance, I could see him protecting Stiles(? or is it Scott?) in a way where your reader would understand why but Derek would be justifying it in his head in a different way.

I think it never hurts to stretch and try a few new things but yeah, your style is your style. It's like I'm not drawn to highly emo characters and don't think I ever would be because it's just not how I process the world.

17th-Sep-2012 12:38 pm (UTC)
Derek is indeed a werewolf. And, yes, Stiles. Hahaha. I love that you know this just because of fannish osmosis. It's like how I know ridiculous amounts about Supernatural even though I've only seen three episodes and am not a fan.

See, the whole protecting thing is totally canon. And is what I did in my successful long Teen Wolf fic (which, for the most part, I did not second guess myself over at all.) But with this fic, it's kind of... monsterless. But I can apply the tenet in other ways, for sure.
17th-Sep-2012 12:58 pm (UTC)

Yes, I know ridiculous amounts about SPN too... and The Sentinel... and Starsky & Hutch... this could turn in to a very long list. *g*

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