Okay, I'm going to attempt to weave a few things together here . . .
My other blog, the one where I rant about anything that makes me . . . well . . . angry . . . is inspired by many emotions, but most often of all: ANGER!
You see, I get angry when I read news articles about . . . well . . . stupidity, ignorance, politics, discrimination, and so many other things.
I also get inspired and - normally - begin writing a post based on a simple emotion.
That emotion - often anger, sometimes other emotions - colors what I'm writing about. The anger, or whatever, is often infused into the post.
Emotions are often infused into my personal writing as well. Yes, I did have a point, I just took a roundabout way of getting there. Davin over at The Literary Lab talked about emotions and tone here! Go check it out . . . if you haven't already. He posted two separate paragraphs written from different emotional states. Again, go check it out.
When I'm writing angry scenes - protagonist confronting somebody, about something, at sometime, and all that jazz - I sometimes pull from angry moments in my life and infuse that anger into my writing, into that particular scene. You see, if my characters are angry, than I want the readers angry as well. I want my readers just as mad at so-and-so because he did such-and-such to you-know-who!
I don't want my readers to think hey, I just don't get the anger. That, my friends, would be a horrible thing.
If my protagonist is angry, my readers should be angry as well. If I'm writing the scene, and don't feel the justifiable anger of my character . . . then won't the scene fall flat?
How do you deal with angry scenes? How do you deal with happy scenes? Have you read Davin's post yet? Sorry, just checking. How do you do with extremely emotional scenes? Are you angry, happy, sad, frustrated, emotional, and all that jazz when you write those scenes? Do you set the tone with your writing? Do you write from your subconscious, pulling forth memories you thought you forgot - like the time the witch cut in front of you and grabbed the nifty parking space right by the front door, or the time you lost your beloved dog, or . . . - and are suddenly infusing those emotions into your writing?
Does it help to pull on the myriad human emotions, the memories remembered, the memories buried in our subconscious and floating to the surface, when writing emotional scenes?
p.s. If you click here, you'll see what angered me yesterday . . . and the day before, and, well, many times over. In fact, I encourage you to click on the link. : )