But a funny thing happened. I had the idea for a scene, and so I followed all the advice I told you about last time and started writing it. This is a pivotal scene, with realizations for several different characters, and it is an emotional scene for that reason.
Let me tell you this about me - while I'm an emotions person, my emotions tend to be Life's Good, That Sucks but I'll Keep Moving, Couldn't be Happier and Pissed Off. I'm not really a crier unless something really, really bad happens.
Until I started that scene. I bawled. Like blinking hard to see the stupid screen so I didn't lose the scene crying. There are a few reasons, but the biggest one is that I finally see my MC see what it's all been about.
This surprised me to no end. And then I got thinking about it. Especially when Robert Frost said,
"“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.
No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.”
Most writers want their readers to have a truly emotional experience with the characters. That may cause the writer to have to have that experience first.
But do you actually have the experiences the writer intended? Have you read a book, knowing the emotion that you are supposed to feel? Why does or doesn't it work?
So tell me, what is the book that made you really, truly connect, on an emotional level with the characters? What do you do to help your reader have the emotional experience you want them to have?