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A lot of writers are quite restrained when it comes to their inner world.
Perhaps they don’t want to rock the boat or simply aren’t ready for self-exploration. I know that, at least personally, my inner world is deep and rich, ready for mining.
Our thoughts and feelings are sometimes considered when it comes to writing, but often they are disregarded for the sake of a novel.
We had a plan, we had a draft, and that has nothing to do with the way that you are feeling, so those emotions take a backseat.
Discovery writers are better at letting their emotions drive than plotters are.
My writing partner is a discovery writer who often lets his mood affect his writing, the result? Powerful, realistic, accurate portrayals of mood and emotion within his character.
He once wrote about his character having a panic attack while he had a panic attack. The result was a believable heart-wrenching scene that felt not only accurate to the character but also mirrored real life in an incredible way.
I’ve always been a plotter, and for a long time, I didn’t let myself jump from scene to scene.
I wrote chronologically, and for the most part, I still do, but if I’m in a particular mood that would strongly lend itself to a specific scene, I no longer back away from exploring that.
I’ll put aside what I’m working on to write about how I am feeling or the world that I am experiencing. Sometimes that will make it into the manuscript. Sometimes it will become a poem or a short story.
Either way, I’ve made some strong, emotionally evocative writing that can and will impact the world around it.
When we write about real-world emotions specifically and honestly, people who experience the world similarly to us will relate to it, and those who don’t may learn from it.
Neglecting your emotions as a writer is not only one of the worst things you can do for your mental health, but it might also be harming your creative potential.
As always, I cannot wait to see you on the bookshelf.