Friday Write-Day: Emotional Movement in Revising

I promise I did not forget about my Friday post. I did forget the image, but whatevs. You know what this is by now, right?

A friend spontaneously invited me to see Aesop Rock last night in Baltimore, so obviously I had to go. Great show, and we stuck around to buy some merch and get it autographed.

After traveling last weekend and being busy with car issues this week, my writing output was low, but not as low as it could have been: 4,000+ for the week, with 41,000+ total.

A relaxing weekend at home should help this weekend.

Writing Goal for 1/27: 50,000

I’m hoping to eclipse this past week’s total before Monday, just to be safe. Go big or go home.

I also had an interesting experience this week while furiously re-typing/revising one section of my novel that I knew was not going to change much. I was emotionally moved by my own writing.

Jessie insists that we should love our work, but this felt a little like high-fiving myself for making a 3-pointer. A few questions spring to mind that I want to explore, but would be happy to have others chime in on:

  1. Is it strange to feel moved by your own writing?
  2. Is this an indication of the strength of that particular section?
  3. And should I feel that way throughout the entire book, or is it okay that just especially emotional moments trigger that reaction?
Is it strange?

Well, it’s strange to me, but I’m okay with that.

Is this an indication of the strength of that particular section?

Yes, I think so. People read stories to feel that kind of emotive power, and if I can deliver that several times throughout a story, then I think that is an engaging read. I think the key might be to ensure that each moment that is intended to be emotive actually is.

Should I feel that emotive power throughout the entire book?

I’m going to go with No, because reading a book that is dripping with overly contrived emotion is likely too draining on the reader. Different sections of the book should serve different purposes, as long as they each drive the story forward in some way.

So, as above, I think it is most important that those emotional moments come at the right time and are delivered effectively for the greatest impact.

What do you all think? Have you ever experienced a moving moment when reading your own work?

Steve D

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