This post is inspired by both what I am doing at the moment and a question I was asked by a non writing friend recently.
The question was “do writers get emotional when they write?”
Do they ever!
Writers are sensitive emotional wrecks who live off people liking and buying their work. It is a tough occupation which is a bit of an oxymoron given that writers are as I have just said, emotional wrecks.
People cry at films, they do it all of the time, whether it is a real weepie like a Lassie film or something supposedly more mature and not so sensitive like science fiction when one of the long standing characters is killed off. It could be a really emotional scene, say when Gandalf shouts “fly you fools” before he is taken to the depths.
Why is this? Part of the answer lies in our buying into the film, the people, the plot and the emotion that is being portrayed in the work. If people cry at films, then it is reasonable to assume that if the writing is equally as good, people will cry at books. It makes perfect sense.
Take that a step back in the process and you find your lonesome writer, siting in his or her room with the pc balanced on their knee or if they are lucky enough a desk of some sorts in the corner of a room where they sit and bang out words daily to take a story forward one precious step at a time. Writers bleed onto the page and I can assure you that when the writer is producing that scene , they will be struggling to deal with it themselves.
I have just written a very emotional but “happy” scene in a piece of work. I couldn’t see the screen or keyboard for fifteen minutes and I have no idea how many tissues I used up. It was very difficult to write. Hopefully I was able to get that emotion that I was feeling over onto the page so that the reader “felt it too”.
But for the writing to be authentic, the writer can not spare their hero from pain and suffering, someone has to kop it eventually and it is how it is written that makes the difference for the reader. It is also one of the most difficult parts of a story that the writer has to write.