I was reading over at Diane Gallant’s blog about the frustrations of character motivation. It seems that others have the same problem I have: the characters do things that totally make sense to me and I assume everyone else will totally get it, when in reality, there needs to be a little more explanation. This has been pointed out to me quite a few times by one of my beta readers, who is always telling me to show what my characters are feeling, to get into their heads. I have to admit, it has made the book a lot better to show my readers what my characters are doing, instead of just watching them do it. I think it provides a lot more character development, and it lets the reader identify more with the character — because they can feel with them, instead of just watching. And as an additional bonus, I’ve added quite a few “showing” scenes that weren’t in any of the first drafts. Some of those scenes are actually now included in my favorite scenes catory (if there is such a thing).