Getting Emotionally Involved

I love to read because I get something incredibly intense from being a part of the lives of the characters I read about, I think if we become that involved we develop connections with the characters we create and therefore makes our writing all that much more powerful and profound, and  hopefully keep the reader hooked. How do we capture raw emotion in writing? By remembering some basic ones: joy, fear, sadness, anger, and the always-inspiring one, love. Taking all those examples and fitting it into your style is the key, writing what you know helps. I truly believe you can’t write about love if you’ve never been unconditionally in love, or if you’ve never experienced heartbreak it’s really hard to describe and make it believable, I’ve been there more times than I like to admit, I can write about it and I can feel it as I read it. Believe me when I say I have come across those people who, luckily for them have never experienced a break-up and find it terribly hard to believe some of the scenarios we are pitched in movies and books. I think the problem with that is that some people have a hard time separating fact from fiction, for example: The Bridges of Madison County. This was a movie I lent to a friend and she hated it, I haven’t come across anyone who has felt like that about that story. Her reason was that she couldn’t relate, I hoped not, not many of us can relate to being unfaithful, but when you think of the part of the story that show how much these two people loved each for however briefly is the great part. It’s that type of raw emotion that captured my attention and made these characters real for me. 
Bottom line, getting emotionally involved in your writing, reading and even movie watching can be entertaining and it can make you sad and maybe even bring you regret. However, despite feeling those emotions for a bit it’s worth it because knowing that you have just poured your heart and soul out and made your writing specific to who you are, could make for memorable and relatable characters. Putting those emotions into words is why I love to write and seeing those words in dialogue is why I love to read…

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