by Carol Burnside
If you’re not laughing, crying and sighing as you write it, the reader won’t feel the emotion either.
Anyone here agree with that?
Lately, I’ve been struggling to get words on the page. My latest WIP—due to be released at the end of this month—is still not finished! I was about ready to beat my head against the wall when I received a review for Her Unexpected Family. The reviewer spoke of the emotions she felt while reading and the theme of the book. Suddenly, I knew what I was doing wrong. I wasn’t bleeding on the page of this new manuscript. I was worrying over getting the beginning right, tweaking the main character’s motivations and conflict, anything to avoid the theme of the book.
That theme? Surviving grief.
You see, both J.T. and Cass are dealing with different stages of grief, something I know way too much about. In conveying their emotional journey, I’ll have to dig through raw wounds. Not fun, and I don’t want to do it, but there’s no way around it if I want this book to be good. And I do. Of course I do.
So, this post is short and not so sweet because I’m returning to my writing cave with a box or two of tissues. Good thing these stories come with a happy ending. I’m looking forward to this one.
Have you read a good book lately that made you laugh or cry?