One thing that I have learned on my writing journey is that I sometimes write by drawing on my own true emotions. I recently went through a season of pain – from physical, to loss, to rejection, heartbreak, to pain caused by persistent worry over a few life issues. This distressing winter would just never end!
The story I am currently writing seemed to benefit from all this pain that I was experiencing as a human—a human who also writes stories. My main character was going through some pretty hefty pain and sorrow—a pain I have not experienced in life. Both of us internalize our anguish, where it can fester. I found myself drawing from my own experiences and emotions while writing this story. I could feel her agony right down to the bone, as she could feel mine with each tap of the keyboard. We both benefited from my pain, but also from my faith. Clearly, the hand of God’s played a role, leading to a healing for both of us in “THE END”.
Do you draw on your own experiences or emotions when writing? Do you feel it tough to do? What about reading an emotional scene? Does it stick with you?
Between you, me and the gatepost,
On April 29th, Author Amy Lillard with be back with us. She has her second book coming out, so look for that! Katie's Choice will be released on May 1st.