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Last week, I was trying to work through a scene that needed to have emotion but it was just flat. It felt like teenagers doing a first read through of a play where they have been cast to have a romantic relationship with who they deem to be the most annoying person on the planet. Just....ugh.
I stared and stared at the stupid screen trying to figure out how to make it work - it is the first of several rising plot points and needs to feel like such but it just wasn't working. After several tries over several days of how to get this scene just right, I knew I needed to find a way to feel some emotion before I could write some.
I went to a performance of Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto and Mussorgsky's Pictures at the Exhibition which just filled my emotional tank. And then I finished reading Niffenegger's The Time Traveler's Wife, which completely blew me away. The emotional connection I had with Henry and Clare was one I didn't really realize was there until the end of the book, and I found myself so emotionally invested that I was in awe, both of their story and of the writing that caused such an experience. Then I went back and re-read Maggie Stiefvater's post about plotting for mood.
I think one of the hardest parts of writing is getting the emotion just right. I still don't have that scene...yet...but I can see where it needs to go, see what purpose it needs to unfold. But we can't do that if our emotions aren't in check with the emotions we are trying to write.
What tricks have worked for you when writing emotional scenes? How to you fill your own emotional tank? What works for you when the scene just isn't?