Like I said in “All I Ask“, I’m answering questions I receive from time to time…this is question #3.
In a comment a while back, a fellow blogger friend from the 2017 A to Z Challenge, Geraint from Penguin Ponderings, asked me where I get my “feels” from in my fiction. I invite you to check out Geraint’s blog for some great stories. He also posts some beautiful shots of wildlife on Instagram.
It’s not the first time I’ve been asked that question about “feels”. I know what it refers to but not being 100% certain of what the proper definition is, I turned to the trusty Urban Dictionary:
- Shortened version of ‘feeling’, generally a strong emotional response;
- A wave of emotions that sometimes cannot be adequately explained;
- A word used to describe something that is intensely emotional on a level somewhere between you feeling empty and you on the floor in a ball weeping uncontrollably.
Okay, so I would not categorize my writing by that last one but you get the point.
Like many others who write fiction, I get my “feels” by tapping into experiences and situations that have challenged me. Usually, I don’t have to dig that far.
I enjoy taking a scene to the basic underlying emotions that we all have, translating those feelings beyond words into “visuals” and having those scenes resonate enough to provoke a physical reaction…hopefully.
For me, a “feel” is successful if I find myself rewinding or rereading a certain part of a movie or book over and over again.
If I get the very same “pang” in my chest each and every time I reread or rewatch, that’s a “successful feel” for me, like that final fight scene of JLo’s movie “Enough” or Maya Angelou‘s “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings” and her other autobiographical books.
Emotions are emotions:
- that sick feeling in the pit of your stomach when you know that you aren’t safe (“The Things Women Go Through“);
- washing your hands clean of someone you used to love for good and finally meaning it (“Gone“) ;
- allowing yourself to give into sweet temptation and not caring about the consequences (“Straight, No Chaser“); or
- shutting yourself down to cope with the consequences of a bad situation (“Stronger“).
“Feels” are all about the good, the bad and the ugly of our emotions.
And what about you? How deep do you dig to get the “feels” for your writing?
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