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OPTIONAL IWSG DAY QUESTION:
Are there months or times of the year that you are more productive with your writing than other months, and why?
Like most of the IWSG questions, I had to give this one a long think.
I can’t say that my writing has to do with a time of year, or season, or even what the weather is doing on a specific day.
I don’t know about anyone else, but sometimes my history with all its demons kicks my behind and I can’t seem to make it stop. Or I couldn’t, until I discovered that every event that haunted me could enhance my writing.
It didn’t matter what emotion bounced around my head; there was a perfect scene it could feed. I remember the fear of the unknown when I left home, the excitement of making my own decisions and later discovering that with freedom came consequences.
I look back at how naïve I was. That one weird memory I’m not sure I even remember correctly. It’s been 40+ years.
But why I write is about me and Why someone would read my work is another thing completely
So I dove into research again.
Overly emotional scenes
Apparently when writing an emotionally charged scene, going too deep can make some readers uncomfortable. I can confirm this because when I can’t cope with what’s on the page, I skip ahead.
Swinging the other way is just as bad. Anticipation rises mercilessly, then the huge emotional moment about to happen, and for some reason only known to the writer, they skip forward to after the event.
Has the reader been robbed? I don’t know. I noticed that in the Game of Thrones series that some—not all but some—of the bigger plot points on-screen were skipped in the books. My choice was taken away on the page. Although the characters discussed the turn of events to fill in me in, I missed the experience. Some scenes were pretty gross, so maybe it was a blessing.
What I discovered during my reading was, there is a safe zone. Getting feedback will save us from the extremes, and apparently that is what most readers want. They want to feel connected to the MC, enjoy the shared journey, but not be overwhelmed or feel left out.
What do you think? Is there a line that should never be crossed?