Some of my best writing comes out when I’m emotional. When I was in college, one of my old professors said some of my best work came out when I was emotional. Whatever I was feeling, if I allowed it, would end up on the page. She said I was never afraid to let my emotions pour out onto the page and that is a sign of a great writer.
We feel everything so the reader doesn’t have to. They can empathize with us, but they don’t have to feel everything. Their body doesn’t ache afterwards; their head doesn’t hurt by putting their head inside the head of someone who was suicidal or someone who might have gone through mutilation. Whether it was self-inflicted or not, we have to feel everything.
Our job as writers is to paint pictures for those reading. Pretend the pages or the computer screen is our blank canvas and start painting. If you believe what you wrote, others will believe it as well. People not only read for an escape, but they read to feel something again. They read to feel happy, to feel sad, to feel angry, to let their own insecurities go, to know that they aren’t alone.
Do your writing justice and feel everything. Every emotion, every heartache, every up and every down, feel it, and your writing will be better for it, and people will love your writing even more because they know what they’re feeling is normal, and that they aren’t alone.
I challenge you to write what you feel. The next time tragedy strikes, take a long, deep breath, know everything will work out and even if you’re shaking and feel like you’re losing out on a huge fight, write. Let everything out.
Till next time!