Even though I have an English degree and have worked in publishing forever, I love to attend writing classes so I can learn what's new. It also reminds me of stuff I've forgotten. Just a while ago, I was in a writing workshop where the leader told us that the heroines in our stories should never cry.
That kinda caught me off guard. How realistic is a character who doesn't show emotion?
But the workshop leader was serious. She told us that our heroines could grimace; but they couldn't flinch. Our heroines could duck; but they couldn't run. Our heroines could think about sorrow; but they could never ever cry.
Now, I'm a fantasy writer. My heroines are strong chicks, but once in a while, the stress and loss is enough to make one of them cry. I'm usually weeping on the keyboard right along with them, by the way. Does this make the heroine weak? (or me?) It doesn't happen often, mind you, but it happens when necessary.
Personally, I think it makes her more realistic. I think it makes her more human. I think it makes her more likeable. If the character Chariss in my Choices series never broke down and cried, I think my audience would start to doubt her credibility and her heart. That means I'm at least one writer who's not afraid to let the heroine cry.
From Sandy Lender
"Some days, you just want the dragon to win."