Lu Sexton's feedback on my story Never Sweat the Small Stuff was extremely useful. In our first session, she asked a lot of questions to better understand the motivations of the two characters. She then asked me to go home and develop a back story for the second character, whom she felt was under-developed.
Prior to our second session, I emailed Lu a revised version of the story. In our second session, she asked me to take on the persona of the second character as she interviewed me about how that character had met the main character, what she thought about him etc. It was an extremely helpful exercise.
I have reworked the story significantly since my second meeting with Lu, even giving it a new title. Also since our last meeting, I have revised some of the other stories in the collection as well, based on a better understanding of how not to slow the pace down with musings and reflections that really should be put somewhere else.
I wish I could say that I'm finished with the process I have just done a Search Find and noted overuse of certain words. which I am now busy fixing. This is all part of the process of learning how to show, not tell.
Lu was fantastic in really getting under the skin of the characters in the story I gave her to read. Her questions about the characters forced me to think about their motivations in a way that was novel to me. I will be forever grateful to her for the insights she provided.