End of Week 2

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.

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