Not giving advice here, folks–asking for it!
I suck at the emotional stuff. There, I’ve said it. I blame my upbringing (not from a touchy-feeling kinda family), my personality (reserved, shy-bordering-on-reclusive), and my occupation (in journalism and public relations, one’s lack of visible emotion is something to be praised). In writing fiction? Not so praiseworthy.
Here’s my problem. I can show emotion via physical response–hearts pounding, nerves on edge, blah, blah, blah–but that really only gets you so far. When I get inside my characters’ heads and start probing around for their emotions and letting them spill onto the page, I feel–hell, I feel all melodrama and soap opera. Hate that. Purple ink.
So I’m trying to find the fine line between death-by-emo and emotional void. Suggestons? Tips? Tricks? Anyone else have this problem?