I’ve noted a disturbing trend lately. I’m noticing my emotions. Now, I’ve always been an emotional being, just ask my best friend. I cry at Hallmark commercials, Little House on the Prairie reruns, and inspirational speeches at RWA conferences.
I feel as writers that sometimes writing is easier if we are emotional and have guidelines for how it feels to be heartbroken, exhilarated, and ecstatic so we can write about it.
But what if, you not only remember those emotions and feelings but are now cataloguing them as they happen. I’ve found myself being very sad or very happy and stopping in that moment to note how it feels so I’ll be able to write that feeling later.
For example: my son is in the army and came home for his first leave since joining. The family hasn’t seen him in 5 months. My husband dropped me at the curb at San Francisco International to go to baggage and find our son. He has gotten so tall I saw him head and shoulders over everyone. My eyes teared up, my throat felt like I swallowed a tennis ball, I couldn’t breathe I was so happy and all I could think about was “this would be great for a reunion scene in a book.”
Do other writers have these problems? I don’t want to be on the outside looking in on my life. I like my emotions, I want to just experience them.
As a writer do you have this happen? Is this like having trouble reading for pleasure now?