Friday, February 17, 2012
I LOVE February!
I LOVE love!
I LOVE hearts!
My love of this month quadrupled upon the birth of my daughter, Annabelle, who was born with only half of her heart in 2010. In 2011, we spent heart month in the hospital, praying for a NEW heart. In 2012, she is doing much better, despite being currently in the hospital ER with RSV. Blah on that. (and thus the reason for my late post today...)
But through the last two years, I've learned something pretty big in my writing.
And it's about hearts too.
It's the the value of WRITING FROM THE HEART!
The heart is the seat of our emotions in our culture today. (Wasn't it the bowels in Bible days or something??? SO SO thankful we use the heart...)
So when we say, "write from the heart" it means that we are digging deep in our souls and splattering that on the pages. In order for us to evoke strong emotion in our readers, we need to pull from strong emotions as we write.
A tepid book is just not very fun to read.
That emotion will vary upon the author, upon the genre, and upon the plot.
The emotion can be fear, happiness, sadness, joy, passion, anger, anxiety, uncertainty, the list goes on and on.
A GOOD book will hit several of these emotions. YOU as an author should experience several of these while you write!
Writing, good writing, is a soul-seeking, bloody process. Even though I write funny romance, I still have to dig deep in me, in my experiences, and put my heart on the pages.
Use your life experiences, the emotions and deep feelings you've had, when you write. You don't have to "write" your experiences, but you write to evoke those emotions.
The last two years have been difficult for me, I'll admit. My family has gone through more than I'd ever wish on anyone. Congenital heart defects are awful, and they kill. (Did you know heart defects kill more children a year than all childhood cancers combined??) Seeing your child laying on a table, their heart beating in an open chest, is life-changing.
My hope is that God can use the things I felt, the things I LEARNED, to helps someone else when they read my books.
My books aren't about "heart" defects.
But they are definitely about the heart.
Discussion: What life experiences have you had that shape how you write? How do you show your emotions on the page?
Posted by Krista Phillips at 9:11 AM