Theme: Quotes from Authors and Bookish People about Writing
Almost a week of the A to Z Challenge has flown past! Where did it all go? How many blogs have you visited so far? How many visits have you received in turn? Are you having fun?
Today on Amlokiblogs we talk about an important, but often overlooked aspect of fiction writing: Emotion. Writers these days are so focused on the sentence, on craft, on editing, that sometimes they edit the emotion right out of the piece.
One of the things to look for in a final draft is that throb of energy, the twinge or storm of emotion that triggered the writing. Without it, a story is lifeless, imho.
Here’s what some authors have to say about Emotion:
“If I ask you to think about something, you can decide not to. But if I make you feel something? Now I have your attention.”— Lisa Cron
“You must not fear, hold back, count or be a miser with your thoughts and
feelings. It is also true that creation comes from an overflow, so you
have to learn to intake, to imbibe, to nourish yourself and not be
afraid of fullness. The fullness is like a tidal wave which then carries
you, sweeps you into experience and into writing. Permit yourself to
flow and overflow, allow for the rise in temperature, all the expansions
and intensifications. Something is always born of excess: great art was
born of great terrors, great loneliness, great inhibitions,
instabilities, and it always balances them.” — Anais Nin
“Find the key emotion; this may be all you need know to find your short
story.”— F. Scott Fitzgerald
“The goal, I suppose, any fiction writer has, no matter what your
subject, is to hit the human heart and the tear ducts and the nape of the neck
and to make a person feel something about the characters are going through and
to experience the moral paradoxes and struggles of being human.”
— Tim O’ Brien