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June 9, 2011

Writers as Emotional Beings

Hey Folks!

I'm back to talk about writers as emotional beings. Now, I know that this doesn't go for all of you, so I'm simply going to talk on what I know from my experience as a writer. I understand that some of you write...perhaps more so than myself, yet you are not considered a very "emotional" person (and by emotional I mean that you are generally more sensitive than others around you). Alrighty, let's get started.

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First and foremost, I'd like to explain why I think writers are emotional beings...or at least more sensitive than the majority of folks who don't write. As a writer, I've had an appreciation for the little things in life instilled into me ever since I was a wee lass. I'd sit for hours looking at puddles, mud, and grass. I'd stare at the stars (and I still do), combing the heavens for a satellite or a comet. The constellations always caught my fancy, and I still love them to this day. Particularly Orion...but that's another topic altogether.

I enjoy running outside to smell the fresh air; I can detect whether it's going to rain or not just by the scent of the breeze and the change in the clarity of the environment. I love the rain; dancing in it is something I've always loved to do (except when it gets on my glasses, then it's absolutely annoying...that's why I wear my contacts when I dance in the rain, lol).

I think my eyes just never are or will be satisfied enough with looking at things. I love observing textures and colours; those perfect views from lookout points are all the rage, in my opinion. Sunsets, mountains, rivers, creeks, ravines, gorges, flowers, weeds, sticks, grass, stones, bushes, trees, fences, raindrops, dew, and even worms... they all hold a special beauty for me that I just LOVE!

The writer part in me says, Oh, please, write that down! Put it out on paper; get your pen and explain to people how amazing this phenomena is! They're missing out, show them the beauty of it all! Yes, that's the cry that races through my veins. Unfortunately, I'm not satisfied with my work as a writer; I don't think I ever will be. One can always perfect their craft. I know I can always go back and add more detail, explain things more clearly, describe something in a billion ways just to get across the fact that this is just so beautiful.

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Now, since I'm sensitive to the environment around me and love just taking in everything through my five senses, it's only logical that I'm also sensitive to the people in the environment around me. I think something of it also has to do with my spiritual gifts as a Christian. God gives every one of His children special gifts and I've  come to the absolute conclusion that He's gifted me with a love for his people and the ability to encourage them (there are other things He's gifted me with too, but these two are the ones that apply to this conversation).

As writers, I think we're all gifted with some kind of enhanced sensitivity to our environment. That sensitivity could be directed towards scenery, conversation, or the entire environment in general. That's what makes us special. Of course, every human is special, but I think there's just something in a writers' spirit that is very cool. I can't really put my finger on what that it exactly is...perhaps it's the desire to capture beauty and pen it, the love for action and adventure, the sensitivity to the surroundings, or maybe it's simply the marking of a creative soul. Whatever it is I'm certain it's special :)

The writer in us goes with us everywhere. Our job is not a normal, everyday job that we can forget and push aside after 5pm (or 10pm; however late you work). Everywhere I go and everything that happens around me is potential material for my writing. A witty comment, an especially pretty flower, or an old rusted truck... they all capture my attention and I store that info in the back of my brain for later. We never leave our job; that's another spot in which we differ from other people.

Now perhaps this is just me, but I'm what some folks would call hopelessly romantic XD ok, you can quit the eyerolling now. Really. I have a feeling that most romantic (and let's stop cringing at the use of the word) folk are really artists. They have that appreciation for beauty. Now before we go any further, let me clarify: by the term romantic I don't just refer to couples... the word has a much larger sense than that. I'm talking about things that just feel mellow and beautiful; something you'd want to share with your spouse or family members.

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For instance, the things that appeal to me as being romantic include: moonlight walks, candle wax, low light, beaches (at night), cool breezes, campfires, minor key songs, fog, and sunsets. Why do they seem romantic to me? Because they're beautiful, pen-inspiring scenes that I want to share with people who are special to me. In no way does it mean that I'd ruin the whole picture by sticking some drooling couple in the middle of it all *gag* gross! That ruins the scene! Methinks the term 'romantic' has lost its beautiful meaning :( Anyways, moving on.

So we've concluded that writers appreciate the small and big, the unique and cloned. We react in ways that are generally considered 'emotional' when compared to others. We're softies with giant doses of courage and bravado (not in a false sense either). We dare to look for adventure around every bend; we have an appreciation for the dangerous, the mushy, and the awesome. We are artists who wield pens of fire to write of the world as we see it, or would like to see it. We write from our hearts.

If you see a book full of death and destruction or one on adventure and myth, you can pretty much guess what the author's innermost feelings and desires are. Why? Because writer's write from the heart. You can't get away from it, I'm afraid. One cannot write a successful book unless they have experienced, to a degree, what the characters are experiencing.

...For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. --Matthew 12: 34b-35

We can't really escape it; writers write from the depths of their soul. They delve into their feelings and inner workings, so to speak, and bring forth an art that is very passionate. In my opinion, a good book (one that really captures you) is written by an author who is allowing their life blood to flow into the words. The emotions they've felt, the feelings they experienced, the pain they've gone's all poured out. In order to do that, one must become very vulnerable. Not many people have that ability to place themselves in such a position (whether they realize it as being so or not).

If you're a writer and you're reading this and saying to yourself, "That totally doesn't describe me. I'm not emotional! I'm a toughie!" Don't get me wrong ;) when I use the word emotional I don't mean all cry-baby type, what I mean is that you have an appreciation for natural beauty, for God's creation...for excitement and adventure! Something compels you to write, whether you realize it or not, and that something is like a tuning fork that matches the note of your soul. It appeals to your artistic and "emotional" side and encourages you to be vulnerable and pour out your heart into your novel. You're a sensitive individual who picks up on things and the term "word-war" has an actual meaning to you... because words are dangerous; you wield them every day in your language and in your writing, yet you alone know how powerful they really are. Those who don't have an appreciation for writing or do not write themselves, while they may understand the power of words to a degree, it is never the same as what a writer understands it to be. We wield words carefully; we're sensitive in that manner, for words are strange creatures that should be respected, in a way.

I hope this has been of aid to you, the reader :) I have plenty more to say, but I shall conclude with this now. Thanks for reading!!

Signed with peaches,



  1. Yep, that's you Squeaks to a T minus some stuff.


  2. I was reading through this post and nodding, "Yep, that's me. Oh, that sounds familiar. Yes, exactly!"

  3. LOL, Squeaks, you could have attached my name to the first paragraph! ;)

    The first section resonated much with me. Perhaps I'm more emotional than I let on, but that urge to "Please, write that down!" when I look over a field of golden wheat or a vast pasture (Kansas stuff, of course) is almost too much. That's what pictures and blogging are for, eh?

    For the second section, I felt like I don't think God has gifted me with sensitivity to the people around me. xD My mom would agree. I am partially an introvert (not a strong one, but an least according to that test I took a while back), so I don't often like to be with people all the time.

    I know what you mean by romantic. :) I always like to add "in the archaic sense of the word" after I use that sense of the term...

    Now, for the third section; I much agree with you. For instance, the writing from the heart. When I find darkness and death in my novels, and a the struggle against it light has to deal with, I often find that it moves me, and reflects what I feel about it. Because that same battle is always raging inside of me. Sometimes I despair, and think darkness will win. And then light breaks through. And in that sense, I draw from the depths of my soul to write internal struggles in an external translation. With literal light and darkness instead of the dark and light of the spirit.

    Reading this, post, I suppose I may be more emotional than I think. I suppose the problem is, I keep thinking of emotional as in a tears-filled-my-eyes context. But when you describe how you need to write this view on paper, how emotion can mean a taste for excitement and adventure...I must admit, I am often that kind of emotional. If you ever read my novel, it'll show.

    But my outward expression of this emotion equals writing. Either that, or taking a picture. ;)

  4. I feel this way all the time. :) I love staring at nature and write things or narrate stories in my head. I love being a writer. :D

  5. Oh, I know what you mean when you see something and it just screams "write me down!" For me, I tend to get that feeling the most with horses, but I've been moved to write by many other things as well.

    Like Jake, I'm an introvert (except I'm rather an extreme one), and I don't like to express my emotions. Like being the key word. :)

    Unfortunately, I'm hardly sensitive to people and their emotions. My sister will say things about people and what she knows they were feeling, and I'll be sitting there going, "Really? They were upset/happy/ect.?" Comes with being part of the personality types that's least sensitive to people, I suppose.

    Icewolf - I love being a writer too. The burning ache to write, to create, to change the world with our words is a painful, exhausting one, but it's intoxicating also. Like Ted Dekker once said, "It's sad knowing that no matter how loud you screams at a page, the reader will only hear a whisper of what's in your heart."

  6. Another lovely post, Squeaks...
    I don't often want to write down a description of something I see - but sometimes the feeling I get watching the sun set or something demands to be put into a story. :)

    And despite being somewhat introverted, I'm much more sensitive to the people around me than to, say, flowers. I like what you said about each writer having some kind of enhanced sensitivity, whether towards people or scenery or whatever. :)

    And of course, I love your definition of romantic. That word must be one of the most abused in the dictionary... :)

  7. Thanks for all the wonderful comments folks! It's so encouraging to hear how you all feel about the same as I do :D

    @mom: minus some stuff? Like what? :P

    @Izori: :D

    @Jake, I love your comment! Yes, the archaic sense of the word is definitely the one I use most often. I dislike the turn it's taken in recent years :( Also, so true about the whole light and darkness phenomena. I believe that's why us writers want to write about it so much, because it's perhaps the greatest struggle we'll ever endure...and as Christians we're even more aware of it.

    @Icewolf :D awesome sauce!

    @Eldra: That's intriguing! I always thought that maybe introverts were more sensitive to people around them...but I guess it depends on the personality type too :P coolness

    @Katherine: thank-you! Yes, the feeling is usually what I get too then the desire to write comes later. :D

    Again, thanks for all your lovely comments! :D


  8. that was fantastic.
    so true. you completely just wrote about me!

    And I absolutely agree about "romantic". I personally like the romantic you talked about, the kind like in Anne of Green Gables you know, when Anne uses it?

    love, love love it!

  9. I'd have to agree with you here. I can understand and agree with what you wrote here.


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