There are some scenes that will just make you cry when you write them..
- Character farewell. When a much loved character leaves my story to go off to find themselves. I find farewells difficult at the best of times so this situation can be tough, especially if it’s a much loved character. I have been known to touch my laptop screen and whisper “missing you already!”
- Characters who love each other but cannot be together. This left me in a tear stained heap on the floor. A few weeks ago I wrote a story about two secret agents who fell in love but due to the nature of their work couldn’t be together. They had to risk life and limb to see each other. I haven’t been the same emotionally since I finished that story.
- Characters who find each other…in the nick of time. I wrote a short story about two hot cross buns who fell in love with each other before they got eaten. Had to go into the garden and take some deep breaths after writing this one. It also put me off eating hot cross buns.
- Characters who are lonely. It brings on my own lonely feelings. I find myself diving into Pinterest and furiously pinning images with quotes about loneliness.
- Characters who are imprisoned or trapped. Once they start whining about their predicament I start blubbering.
- Characters who try to convince others that they are not a psychotic monster but no one believes them. This situation is from the novel that I am writing. It has been hard for the character in question, heart breaking at times because she just wants to lead a normal life. Its been a tough experience for me too.
- Characters who don’t realise that they are dead. Yes its a ‘Sixth Sense’ rehash but writing a story around this subject leaves you in bits for days afterwards. I wrote a story called ‘The Island’ where a couple were rowing across a lake and the girlfriend was dead / finding it hard to pass over. I was in bits as she was getting in a state about why her boyfriend wasn’t talking to her and he had tears in his eyes.
- Character death. Writing the death of a much loved character made me go through my own form of grief. As my character ‘passed over’ my face was wet from crying. It took me a good couple of days and some long solitary walks in the rain to work through my grief.
- Characters who witness the death of a magical creature. My goodness the story titled ‘The Comet’ left me sobbing for hours! Writing about the death of a magical creature is heart breaking. I will always remember reading the death of Dobby in Harry Potter and I was a wreck. I always wonder whether J.K. Rowling found writing that part disturbing.
- Characters who know something horrible is going to happen to them. I find these scenes distressing. My characters know something is very wrong, I know something is very wrong and it’s just a matter of time before they get killed / wiped out. Sometimes a slow walk around the block with some tissues is the only way to hande these situations.
Are there any scenes from your stories which have left you in an emotionally fragile state? Leave me a link if they are online as I like a tear jerker!