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Re: What's your thoughts on this?

PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 2015 11:31 am
by updog
A writer doesn't have to be experiencing the emotion at the moment they write about it. I've been in love, I've experienced great loss, grief so strong it brought me to my knees, and even violent anger to where I was tempted to put a fist through someone's face (mostly when visiting these forums). I can write about those emotions whenever I need to because I remember what it feels like to be living in that moment. And of course we use our life experiences in the stories we tell, but that doesn't mean we have to have lived the exact situations we write about. I don't have to be attacked by wolves to know what fear feels like. I've been a woman waiting alone in a parking lot with a pack of men yanking the door handles and beating the windows of my car, trying to break in--I know fear. I've never trained a dragon, but if you met my horse you'd know what I base the dragon-training scenes in my stories on. Dragons are just horses intensified. You draw on what you know.

And it's true we can never truly know how someone else feels, but we know how *we* feel, and we have our imaginations. That's where story comes from, imho.

Re: What's your thoughts on this?

PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 2015 10:46 pm
by DrG2
The job of a writer is not to feel, but to make other people feel. I'm pretty sure there are psychopaths who have been successful writers.

Re: What's your thoughts on this?

PostPosted: Sat Oct 10, 2015 7:34 am
by Terry T.A. Rodgers

Re: What's your thoughts on this?

PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2015 7:49 am
by James A. Ritchie

Re: What's your thoughts on this?

PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2015 8:03 am
by roda havet

Re: What's your thoughts on this?

PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2015 9:29 am
by updog

Re: What's your thoughts on this?

PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2015 9:54 pm
by DrG2
Narcissists usually are particularly skilled in manipulating the emotions of other people while faking their own emotions.