I wanna make people cry

This is my newest goal. I feel this is something I need to learn...or practice...or maybe I'll never be able to do it. Maybe it really is talent when an author completes a ms that can tear my heart out through the entire story before finally giving me that Happily Ever After.

My story isn't going to do it. I'm positive that bringing that kind of emotion to the story would mean way too many revisions.

Will I finish this story?

You bet I will.

Will I sub it out?

Oh yes. Without a doubt. This story is going places.

And it's good... Don't get me wrong. I love this story...

It just doesn't pack a punch like the novel I just read did. Am I too close? do I just not see it? *shrug* I don't know. When I'm finished with these revisions, we'll see.

What's in a story that makes you cry?

Me? It's definitely the misunderstandings... the old school third party monkey wrenches that end up keeping the H/h apart for another entire segment of story.

I love it when a heroine THINKS she knows the hero. And he graciously gives her that illusion.

It's hard to write characters that aren't attractive. Sometimes, the H or h are not attractive at first! I've hated and squirmed in my seat over a snobby, spoiled heroine who becomes a beautiful, gracious woman. And it's heartwrenching to see the change.

Emotion has to be behind every issue. That's my lesson this week. It's what I learned by reading Joyce's Bragg Saga. I know, I mentioned it earlier. It's old-school, but it hurts to read it! It's so fulfilling to reach the happily ever after because until that point there has only been emotion and conflict.

There's a precipice here and I'm standing on it...