Feeling the Sun on Your Face
|How do you feel when you write? Do you experience emotion?|
The writers who know me (God bless their souls!) have heard how I have a tendency to feel as though I'm watching a movie as I write, seeing the characters and the action before me. All I do is get my laptop and some popcorn and away I go.
It's really interesting to find out what happens and what we experience when we write.
Do you see the characters and the action happen before you, (the way I do) as if on the silver screen? Do you feel as though you're sitting and talking to them, maybe even having coffee with them? Are you smack dab in the middle of all the action, walking silently through scenes like a ghost? What's it like for you?
Unless you're a writer, you'd probably think any of us ready for Nurse Ratched to hand us our medication and place us in the white rubber rooms after reading this, but writing is definitely an experience, both singular and unique.
Yes, definitely singular and unique, and similar to the experience of the reader. Every reader recreates the books they read in their mind, making it a truly special experience. This very reason is exactly why there will always be books around in some form, whether digital or made of paper, or in whatever form the future will hold. A book is an adventure between two covers and it's up to us as writers to make that adventure compelling and evoke emotion.
And yes, sometimes even a manuscript in revision can evoke emotions, and we're coming back to the phenomena I brought up at the beginning of this post. Yesterday I experienced something I hadn't ever before, and it happened when I was revising a specific scene in my manuscript, where the m.c. is feeling a moment of exhilaration as she sees her destination ahead (Character is on a road trip and hasn't had a vacation in years...poor thing.) and as she drives over an iconic suspension bridge, she feels the heat of the sun beaming down upon her through the sunroof and hears the rush of wind and feels...happy!
Not sure what caused it, but suddenly I was in the driver's seat of the vehicle, and I was feeling the excitement of the character and guess what? I felt the warmth on my face as if I was there. It was honest-to-God heat I experienced. Anyhow, I kept on with the revision work and the "total immersion effect" (what I'm calling it now because "unexplained phenomena" sounds like it belongs on a show about area 51) continued. I felt the character's optimism, and literally what it felt like to drive where she was going. Needless to say, it was really fun yesterday with the revisions.
After I was done a few hours later, hubs came into the room and saw me smiling. He said, "Wow you're in a good mood." And I told him I just had the most fun writing I'd ever had before. He just kept walking into the kitchen. A few other writers who may have been writing a heart-wrenching scene have told me they've even wept, feeling the pain of the character as they wrote.
Let me know what happens when you write, and most importantly has this "total immersion effect" ever happened to you? Ever laughed out loud or cried or felt the sun on your face or the wind in your hair?
We're all in this together, so let's have fun...and write!