I am starting another full run through of edits of \”Practical Flying\”. My crit group, bless their little hearts, continue to say that my writing is fine, just utterly devoid of emotion. Yeppers. Story of my life there. So, I instigated a two step plan of action. The first step is to read books that contain said emotion. Step 2 involves writing at 4:30 in the morning. I\’m finding that it\’s easier to write emotion before the brain is fully awake. And I can even ignore the dog snoring now.
I know the characters and I know what they are feeling, when I actually stop to think about it, but I\’m not getting the work done. I\’m still not able to get the reader to feel it as well. I\’m too afraid of telling the reader what to think and feel, because I hate that in books. I like the E.L.Doctorow quote, to the effect of don\’t tell the reader it\’s raining, let him feel the drops. Wait, I\’m on line, no reason not to get the quote exact…
If you did not write every day, the poisons would accumulate and you would begin to die, or act crazy or both — you must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.
A writer is like a bag lady going through life with a sack and a pointed stick collecting stuff.
Planning to write is not writing. Outlining a book is not writing. Researching is not writing. Talking to people about what you\’re doing, none of that is writing. Writing is writing.
–E. L. Doctor
Nope, those aren\’t it, but I just found them and I like them. Here is what I was looking for : \”Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader–not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.\”
That\’s what I want to do. Back to the saltmines…