By Nichole Giles
Have you ever noticed that some days your writing is stronger, more passionate and emotion filled than other times? There are days when your writing is playful and joking, and others when—without your intent—the characters are feeling somber and sad. There are even times when everything you write is covered over by a red haze—full of anger and hurt that you don’t remember ever having felt yourself.
Or have you?
I’m one of those authors who is convinced that our writing is so connected to our innermost selves, that we literally pour out emotions based on things we’ve experienced. Okay, you say, but really, truly, I’ve never experienced being in love with a magical creature before, or visiting a far-off magical land…
Nope. But surely you’ve experienced the emotions your characters are feeling. Even if you don’t remember the experience, or if it was in your past existence, you have experienced it. How else could you effectively write about it?
I’ve noticed that when I’m feeling especially emotional—regardless of the directions my emotions are taking or the reason behind them—my writing often mirrors those feelings. And during these times, I also tend to wake up at night to search for a pen and paper to write down brilliant plot ideas, or lines of dialogue.
Maybe it’s because our outside emotions have a tendency to connect us to our creative selves, or maybe it’s because writing truly is better when it’s filled with the fire and passion only strong emotion can incite in a person. Whatever the cause, for me, emotional writing is the best kind.
Writing by emotion—for me—tends to be inspiring, passion-filled, and healing. There is no better therapy for what ails you than to pour your feelings into something you love. And there is no better way to preserve your beautiful happiness than to do the exact same thing.
Basically, writing is the ultimate doctor for emotional expression. Or, at least, that’s the case for me.
What about you? What is your passion and how do you write it?