We all try to make our writing as realistic as possible. We all have been told to keep the adverbs to a minimum. We all work at having our writing bring the reader deep into our characters' feelings and emotions. So, how do you do that? What takes you to the edge that lets you write with the words that will transport your readers?
I just returned from a trip in Italy. I'm jet-lagged. After only one day at home I received a call that my father was admitted to the hospital through the emergency room. I never even had a chance to pick my dogs up from where they board. My carry-on bag was still sitting on the bathroom shelf, waiting to be unpacked.
Driving in the pouring rain, I began to cry. Yes, I was tired. But there was a deeper issue. This might be one of the last times I saw my father. After I ran out of tears, I started to think about my writing. For those of you who know the New England area, this was by now on Route 495 outside of Boston and not a good spot to be distracted.
Distracted or not, my current plot edged in. What was I feeling? How could that be described in terms that might make the reader cry along with me? What words would I use? How could I not sound corny but drag you, my reader, into my sphere?
I posted on this blog a few weeks ago about losing a dog. You all might think I'm totally maudlin. Not at all. I'm just thinking through the use of emotion in our writing. The loss of Libby had one reaction for me. The potential loss of my father is far deeper. How do we talk about that with our words?
I am on my way to the hospital. I'll check in as best I can during the day. Please, no need to post about my story. I am much more interested in hearing about how you put the punch, the crisis, the energy into your story. What are your experiences that you are willing to share--and how do they translate into the work you produce?