I got to thinking over my last blog entry. I am fine with the issue of taking personality traits that we know and weaving them into a composite for a character. But I have to admit to some insecurity with “Will the reader see the same depth in the character that I do?” That is part of the skill of our craft. I understand that… but there is still that niggling doubt.
There is a scene near the beginning of “Romancing the Stone” where Kathleen Turner, the romance writer, is sobbing, “Damn I’m good!” as she reads, and is moved by, what she wrote. The question occurs to me is “Am I the only one who feels this emotion at this part of the story.. simply because it comes from me?” I don’t have any answer for this except to have a painfully honest outside person read it and give me feedback.
Does anyone else have this experience?