Writing With Emotion

I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.
James Michener

This is another post about flat writing. Why? Because so many writers fail to add depth to their writing, it sits on the page with some nice details, a lot of adjectives, but no feeling. Try to evoke emotion into your poetry,your fiction and your non-fiction pieces.I want the reader to feel what I’m feeling, I want to make them laugh or cry but not just skim the page…and it’s not easy. Because I’m also a chef, I equate most of the things in my life with food and/or cooking. With cooking you layer the flavors so you can taste each individual flavor and the final product is well-rounded, it’s not flat. It’s an art, a good chef can do this effortlessly. I think writing is the same way, you layer your ingredients to give your final piece substance, the reader doesn’t know it they just like to read it because it’s well-rounded and it makes them feel.

Today, read one of your pieces that isn’t working and deconstruct it. Slowly add back the details, the adjectives, the emotion. Find a way to bring the reader into your world. Write a short poem today about losing someone or something. Now get back to work!

The Writing Nag

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