As a writer, one of my goals is to write with real emotion.
It’s not always easy. It is always scary. I can guarantee it’s going to hurt. But it will always be worth it.
Last night I submitted a revised copy of The Forgotten Ones to my editor. This isn’t a story meant to make you cry. It’s meant to take you on a journey of those deep dark secrets families prefer to forget. My goal was to show just how powerful those secrets can be, how damaging they are even when they’re kept to protect. One of the notes my editor made to me was that some of the scenes could go deeper.
At this point in my writing, when I’m told to go deeper, I know I need to become more emotional.
I’m not going to lie. The past 16 months has been the worst I’ve ever experienced within my personal life. I wasn’t sure I ‘could’ go deeper because inside I feel empty, drained, emotionally void. It hasn’t been easy, it’s been challenging and the last thing I wanted to do was go to that ‘place’ in my soul I’ve been protecting so hard these past few months.
I’ve always said that when I write, if a scene doesn’t touch me, doesn’t touch my own heart, then I need to rewrite it. I’ve shared in the past how devastating some scenes have been for me, how I place so much of myself, my heart into my characters that by the time I send that story to my editor, I’m exhausted.
This book is no different. Last night I bawled. It’s been a while since I’ve cried that hard, when I curled into a ball on my bathroom floor because the sobs wracking my body were so heavy, so encompassing that I couldn’t stand anymore. I even shared a little via video afterward, when I was able to talk without breaking down in tears. Warning…I’m not the prettiest of criers…but if I desire to elicit real emotion within my stories, within you as my reader, then you deserve my honesty as well.
This is how POWERFUL emotional Stories are….
it helps to connect, build trust and empathy.
A story without an emotion is just a collection of events.
What to win with your story- share emotions 🙂
Thank you so much for being real and showing us what processing deep emotion looks like. When I read a book and am moved to tears I am reminded it has touched a painful place in my own life. Allowing our deep emotions to surface is a gift we give ourselves. If we refuse to allow these deep emotion to surface, they may push out in ways that are detrimental to our own self. You are a precious person and I am blessed to have been able to see this video. May God bless you richly.
You are amazing! Thank you for sharing your soul every time you write. I saw you at BEA and you made me feel like I was so important to you – thank you for what you give. I can’t wait to read this one. I hope you never give up writing.
Blessings to you! Sometimes we readers forget that writing a wonderful book can be deeply emotional and painful for the author. I cried at the ending of Saving Abby, It haunted me for several days, so I can not imagine how hard it was to write.