|Joy at my grandson's high school graduation|
My emotions spur me to better living or worse reactions. Some people appear grounded in fact instead of feelings, but are they really? Facts can be altered to meet our worldview, our beliefs, or our interpretation.
WRITING TIPS Regarding Emotion
Emotion deepens our writing. Until we make the reader feel for our character, he or she won't like what we write.
Understated emotion in our stories hurts worse than allowing us to see the character cry unless we've proven that the character never cries.
Withhold the showing of emotion. Wait. Wait.
Tantilize us with episodes of fear that turn out okay. Produce a longing for love that remains unfulfilled. Build the anger to a fever pitch.
Name several things that would sadden your character. Bring to pass the worst things on your list. Make the reader sense the full brunt of shock.
In my family, we have a saying, "Murphy's Law." That means if it can get worse, it does. Be mean to your protagonist. Put them in a maze, and watch them crawl out in their own power.
In writing inspirational fiction, the writer takes the form of the devil seeking to tempt the protagonist beyond their ability to stand. Then, show God overcoming the devil through that person.
COMPULSIVE OVEREATING - Overcoming Emotions
Emotion is tied to compulsions and addictions. For other compulsive overeaters out there like me, how many times have you binged because you were sad, anxious, or happy?
Each day give your life, your will, your choices to God.
Allow God to heal your emotions. Bouncing from the highs to the lows wears you out and prevents God's control.
Reward yourself with a non-food item when you conquer a difficult situation.
Thank God as soon as you realize you've had a God moment where His power took over your compulsion.
Spend quiet time alone with God every day.
Pour out your emotions (fears, anger, resentments) like Mary's costly perfume at Jesus' feet. Giving them up can cost more that monetary involvement.
How do your emotions affect your eating?
How can using those emotions on paper improve your writing