Compelling emotion… or the lack of it

I’ve realised that there is yet another serious flaw in my writing. If you have been following me on textnovel, you may have worked it out already.

My writing lacks compelling emotion.

I believe most writers struggle with this, and conquer it before being able to write fiction with an authentic feel. In my case, I believe I have been out-of-touch with the art of articulating one’s emotions. Like most people, this could be attributed to many things: my genetically-inherited personality, my upbringing as a Third Culture Kid (see, my working in an all-male, geek-full environment, and possibly just the fact that I am human, and expressing our emotions can easily be left by the wayside in the race to get ahead in life.

It follows that I need to consciously make an effort, and give myself permission, to articulate emotions, especially strong ones, on ‘paper’. But as I write, I also realise that I shy away from expressing opinions, and this seems to be closely related to my struggle with articulating emotions.

I have re-written Chapter 9 of A Regency Adventure on to try to make it more emotionally compelling. See my page “Exercise: Emotionally compelling fiction” for a ‘before’ and ‘after’ take. Comments are appreciated!

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Posted in General on Oct 1st, 2009, 1:38 pm by althea   

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