How has your writing gone this week? Is your current project still exciting, or is it causing you intense anguish? Is the work moving forward, or have found yourself stumped and at standstill?
How are you doing this week? Are you proudly declaring yourself a writer or do you secretly fear being outed as a “fraud” because you just can’t get the right words down on paper (or any words out at all)?
Me, I’ve gone through all of the above. And that’s just the last 48 hours!
As writers (and members of the human race), it’s common to feel an entire range of emotions regarding our writing and ourselves—sometimes all at once. The good news is, the emotional roller coaster doesn’t have to be a curse. In fact, it can be exactly what our WIP needs.
Our lives are unique and complex, but the emotions we experience are universal. That’s what makes the characters we love so much so relatable.
Feeling the arm-hair-raising thrill of anticipation? There’s a chapter in your book where one or more of your characters feels the same way. Take that excitement and work it into a scene.
Are you being pulled down into the darkness by the invisible weight of fear? Time to tap into that boiling stomach acid and pour it out onto the page.
Uncertainty. Happiness. Heartache. Boredom. Take whatever describes your current state of mind and put it to use. Don’t think about how the words sound, don’t worry about form or grammar. Just get it out and set those words aside in a special file for later. Now you won’t have to rack your brain trying to convey feelings that may be contrary to your own later on.
We were intentionally designed to be emotional beings, so let your characters (and your readers) “feel all the feels.”
The best stories, after all, are the ones in which whatever is at stake for the characters impacts our real lives as well.
By the way, I honestly do wonder…how are you doing this week? If you need encouragement (or someone to cheer alongside you), let me know in the comments below.