No, no, no silly. Get off the coach. Today we're talking about what our characters feel. (I guess if you really want to stay on the couch you can. I like hearing about you too! Feel free to leave it in the comments. I always answer ;))
I'm fairly good at showing instead of telling. At least most of the time. When it comes to scenery and action, the words tend to flow. I can get better. Will get better. All my writing can get better. But in the grand scheme of my writing, scenery/action showing is a step above others.
However, that's not what the reader wants, in most cases. They want to know that the character is feeling the same things they are. (Or, more importantly, perhaps they're not.) That they can get in the character's head and understand why they do what they do, what they're thinking.
Now, mind you, there are many expressed feelings in my MS. It is not void of feeling. But there definitely isn't enough.
It sounds so simple as I sit here and write this post, but clearly its something I overlooked and am thankful I have those who point it out and help me become a better writer. I am able to do it, to take their note that says 'but what does he FEEL here?' and add words which should have been there all along. I just need that helpful nudge to point it out.
And once I've got a fairly good handle on this, some other issue will creep up. Stick around CPs. I'm gonna need ya. ;)
What's your area(s) that you struggle with when writing your MS? (This is where we get to sit on the couch instead of our characters. :))