Oh how our emotions can be transported into our writing. Any emotion you have can easily be used to give your love scene more impact, depression can be channeled into you hero/heroine in a desperate point of life, laughter can easily become a playful look back at someone’s childhood, and drama can become an amazing fight scene.
I find when I’m writing my emotions at the time definitely affect my work so I try to head to the computer if I’m in a certain state and I have an important scene to figure out. I can draw on these emotions and infuse how I’m feeling into that scene and if you’re lucky, it can be a great way to release frustrations!
So much of our lives is filled with these moments that sharing it can only improve your work. I’m not saying all the time, because most times you just want to be, “in character” when you’re writing but those tough to write scenes can easily become a powerful, poignant, scene with an extra emotion. Your love of life will come through the scene or your anger over a fight will heighten the argument between your characters.
I find it’s the whole ‘being in the mood’ issue that allows me to add a little extra at times when I’m struggling to find the right way to impart a feeling. It’s that sense of anger you want to convey, that sense of truly being touched by someone you want your reader to feel or that wonderful euphoria after making love you never could really figure out how to put into words.
Use the same emotions in your descriptions since your five sense can easily distinguish smell, taste, sight, sound and feeling. We have those places we visit that make us feel warm when it’s 50 degrees, those living rooms where we know right away we are comfortable and welcomed there and those homes where we walk in the door and are immediately afraid to touch a thing, much less sit on the furniture. These are great ways to set the stage for how a character has been raised or how your protagonist lives their life! A comforting person would have a warm, comfy home while the protagonist would most likely have a dark, foreboding abode. It helps the reader form opinions not always easily conveyed with dialogue.
Tap into those emotions next you write or head to the computer next you overwhelmed by an emotion and see what comes out!