"Dig until you hit rock. Then take out that jackhammer and go a little deeper."
-- Allison Brennan
This week I've been digging away, searching for the hard rock of my characters' emotional truths. I'm getting closer, but they're still not being totally honest with me. Some hard layers still stand in the way. I need that jackhammer, an effective tool, but one that shakes the operator to the core.
Yes. I'm going to dig deep. And it's going to take an emotional toll on me. Am I ready? Am I prepared to blast my way through my rawest emotions? I hope so.
Have you ever been revising a novel and realize you've only scratched the surface? How do you know when you've finally hit bedrock? Do your hands shake? Maybe your stomach sickens? Will you go deeper?