Once you try writing whilst emotional (weeping / sobbing / on the brink of crying / blinking away tears) you will discover a number of hidden benefits.
I stumbled upon this crazy badass writer technique whilst writing my debut novel. My first chapter makes me cry. No BWM readers – its not because my draft sounds so bad it makes me tearful nor is it because my first draft is jam packed with sob inducing typos – sigh! There is one really sad part which I wrote a few weeks ago and every time I read what I have written I start to weep. God help my future readers – I just hope they know what they are letting themselves in for when they buy my book! Does anyone know whether fiction books contain emotional health warnings?
During one of my literary breakdowns, after reading my first chapter, I decided to carry on writing whilst emotional. It was a game changer!
There are a few hidden benefits of writing…whilst a little weepy:
- YOU DO NOT GET DISTURBED! Loved ones go out of their way to avoid you, once they see you snivelling into your draft. They take one look at you, raise their eyebrows, shake their head and flee the house. You get at least a couple of hours to yourself. It is almost worth investing in some sort of little squeezy bottle, which can give you false tears whenever you feel like a bit of quiet writing time.
- Deep stuff. You write some deep and meaningful stuff whilst emotional. I have also found that you rarely have to edit this deep stuff.
- You don’t hold back when you are emotional. This is great for your writing because you end up writing powerful and emotion-evoking scenes. Yes – you can tone down the heavy stuff at editing stage but I think being emotional just makes you put it all out there. Pour your heart out readers.
- Sharing your character’s emotional journey. I think sharing their emotional journey brings you closer to your characters and helps you get inside their head.
- ‘No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader’ (Robert Frost). Inject your emotion into your story and watch it reappear in the reader. I know this works because when I killed off one of my main characters in the second book of my Wattpad Vampire novella series, I bawled like a baby as I wrote it. My goodness I was a snotty and weeping mess for hours! My loved one made a sharp exit to the pub as soon as he heard me start to wail from the sofa. Once I published this literary gem I was inundated with messages from upset readers who in some cases, informed me that they couldn’t see the vote button as their eyes were streaming so much. Things got so bad I had to take the book down as there was an angry reader outpouring. Anyway, I think Robert Frost knew what he was talking about when he wrote this marvellous quote.
- Enhances your word choices. It is amazing how many different words spring to mind when you are a teary mess. Words you wouldn’t have previously considered using appear in your mind. It is like the emotional outpouring opens up a new literary side to you.
- You make some interesting noises. Sniffs, sobs, weeping and nose blowing sounds all make a refreshing change from grunts, groans and sighs.
Cry into those drafts readers!
Now, I am already thinking about weird and wacky writer’s Christmas gifts. If there are any tissue makers out there reading my blog – what about a box of Writer Tissues? This would be a much needed gift for writers who, like me, enjoy getting emotional whilst writing.
Have a great day!