I'm not just referring to the internal monologue that is italicized in our stories as introspection, but when writing in deep POV, all the paragraphs that describe how the character is dealing with something, pondering something, how much is too much for you?
Personally, I love getting inside my characters' heads. And I love reading books where the author has clearly loved doing the same. But when does it become too much?
How much introspection does it take before the reader realizes that there is no longer any action in the story? You know, the time when you realize that you've been sitting idly perusing the character's brain, and nothing in the outside world of the story is happening anymore, that's when the "too much" alarm sounds off for you. When does that happen?
For you, is the limit a page, two pages, or a paragraph of introspection?
Whatever your limit, how do you correct the problem it presents?
Do you slip a little movement in? "Picking up the sweaty glass, she downed the cranberry juice in one gulp before the harsh screams resumed. Would she ever rid herself of that piercing memory? How her daughter's eyes bled for..." and on we go into another string of introspection.
Or do you add something a little more plot moving to add some action? Like a transition sentence or two, that physically moves the character either in time or physicality. Or do you halt the introspection, maybe to add a little intrigue, and move on to a new scene, leaving the rest of the introspection to take place later on?
I'm curious, what is your introspection page space limit? And when you do break it up, how do you seamlessly accomplish the task?
Surrendering to Him,