Some background: In order to maintain my focus on writing a novel (and basically give myself a kick in the pants), I signed up for an online class on Writers Digest University titled “12 Weeks to a First Draft”. I’m on Week 4.
I submitted my assignment last week and anxiously awaited the feedback from my instructor. If felt like I was on a writer’s high or something. I was feeling absolutely awesome about my story, my characters, and everything in my little world seemed great. I couldn’t wait to hear from my instructor all about my brilliance.
The next morning, I received the following comments: “You do a great job of defining these characters, what motivates them, what their conflicts are, what their strengths and weakness are and you write excellent dialogue. You have a great sense of POV…” (See, I knew I was brilliant! Hello Cloud 9!!)
And then she went on to talk about my main character, Bonnie: “sometimes her thoughts and actions come off unsympathetic…” And, in regards to her actions after her boyfriend died: “If she really loved Eric she would act far differently.” (And… my feet are back on the ground. Is that my heart in my shoe?) (more…)