It’s IWSG Wednesday. Time to post our writerly insecurities.
I received a beta’s remarks back on the Pearl novella. Thankfully, she liked it and while there needs to be some clean-up and a few additions and subtractions, the biggest thing for me was when she wrote in her email:
“I’m so impressed! I actually got a little teary-eyed at the end. It makes me want to go and hug my brother, even though I just saw him
So, yay! It’s always been important to me that there’s an emotional impact to a story. When my emotions are engaged while reading, that means I’m in. Sometimes that means I care about what’s going to happen to the protagonist or I want to know if the couple end up together (I read a lot of historical romance; they always do, but the getting there is interesting) or I like the author’s style or I’m interested in the little details sprinkled through that make that story and world come alive in my imagination.
But at the end–it’s about the feeling I get from the characters and the stories. When I’m writing a story, I often worry that what I want to convey won’t come through. A writing professor once described my writing as “so subtle it’s not there.”