Wednesday, February 26, 2014

On Passionate Writing

Don't tell me the moon is shining; 
show me the glint of light on broken glass.  
~Anton Chekhov

Show, don't tell.
How to do that is the question.
Does it take experience?
Multiple books?

It's when an author shows empathy for 
their character,
their story.

Not sympathy, but empathy.

Sympathetic authors see and understand 
that a character is hurting-happy-sad-troubled.
They see the moon shining 
and record it.

An empathetic author feels the pain-the joy-the despair
because they've been there and suffered and rejoiced.
It's as if they're going through the emotions
and they are seething through the author's body
demanding release
exploding into words
reaching for understanding
crying to be felt-heard
Pulling the reader into the moment to experience,

to suffer the pain
to laugh in glee
to cry with sorrow
to shout in anger
to threaten the evil
to rejoice at the victory.

The author sees the moon shining
and writes 
how the character is dancing under the 

Head back
arms lifted
feet skimming the mossy ground.

Eyes closed
mouth parted
clothes flowing,
intermingling with the moonlight

Until one seems the other.

They write these emotions with 
deep meaning.
Real feeling.
Heart-felt experience.

As if it is them.

That is passionate writing.


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