Emotionally Involved–Round Robin 6-25-16

Round Robin Topic for June: How emotionally involved do you need to be to read or write some scenes? Emotion. It’s what I hope to evoke from someone who picks up my books and reads them. (It’s what I hope will happen when I read a book, too.) I want the person to see through the eyes of my characters, to experience what they’re experiencing, to root for them when they’re struggling and cheer when they overcome an obstacle. For me, in order for that to happen, I have to be emotionally involved in what I’m writing, I have to be seeing, hearing, experiencing it in my mind’s eye. Whatever is happening has to be very visceral for me or the scene is boring and stilted, and it’s like pulling out splinters in your sole just to get the words on the “page”. Perhaps if I wrote more regularly, this would be different. Right now, I write when the muse strikes…or I have the time. Lately, that hasn’t been happening at all. L Sometimes, even when I’m emotionally involved in a scene, I struggle to find the words to describe the scene in my head. This scene from my latest release The Whispering House flowed from my fingertips. BEGIN EXCERPT: Eleanor grabbed her coat, pulled on her knit cap and gloves, and stepped out into the mist, determined to re-discover the peace of the first week. As the damp seeped into her skin, she resolved that the quiet of the countryside would, too. She opened the door and looked straight out the back. From her vantage point, she could clearly see the elusive...