In God’s Name is moving along. Hit a rough spot last week — a migraine interfered with two days of writing — but more, it is time for a difficult flashback. And so, I’m inching through it paragraph by paragraph. Not necessarily a bad thing. If it is emotionally difficult to write, it will be emotional to read.
Something I’m reminded of repeatedly: it is impossible to create and be emotionally closed down. Creativity is the expression of our inmost selves. To write compelling fiction, I must tap readers’ emotions. And I must be willing to tap my own first. I wonder if that is the difference between stories that move us and those that only feel manipulative? It only seems right that I open myself up to feeling deeply if that is what I am asking of my readers.