Emotional Impact

Do you ever go back and read your own stories and still feel the same impact as the first time you wrote it?

Is it a thing about the writer to move yourself to laughter or tears? Is that when you know you’ve hit your audience?

I sent a particular story to a friend – I told her I cried while I wrote it. She said she cried while reading it and I called us both hormonal. (Sorry, friend!) But if that same passage keeps moving me to tears, and others as well, perhaps it isn’t just the hormones.

Now how do I keep that up?

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3 Comments

  1. Victor said,

    29 July 2009 at 10:05

    If it’s a repeatable effect and it impacts more than just you then it’s great writing.

  2. Robert Waltz said,

    29 July 2009 at 11:55

    The best is when I read something I totally forgot that I wrote and I go, “Wow, that author ought to be published! Wait… that’s MY work.”

  3. Dawn Embers said,

    29 July 2009 at 13:50

    I have that experience with stuff that I haven’t even written yet. I can be seeing the scenes in my head and become close to tears. However, I’m an emotional person and so it’s easier to get me crying.


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