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Use it.

We all go through rough times. We have nightmares, bad days, accidents, and tragedies. It is something every single one of us goes through. How we handle these trials and tribulations is as individual as the person. Me? I tend to do what writers do and I steal it for my writing. By "it" I mean the emotions, the horror, the pain, the nuances of feeling.

I recently had a nightmare so bad that I forced myself to wake up and then not go back to sleep because I have a habit of falling back into the same dream. I did not want that. I did not want to even remember it, it was that bad. Instead, I focused on my husband and one of my kittens. Usually, I'm all about taking a dream or a nightmare and turning it in to a horror story. All I remember of this dream was a petty, vengeful kid with god-like powers and that it was bad.

But, what's left of that dream—the horrific images and awful, scared feelings—I'm going to use for an upcoming story. I want to use those emotions and pour them out on the page so the reader will be able to get an idea of the pain and fear I experienced. Or, in this specific case, what the character will be going through.

Use it.

That's what I do when I've got something to process or deal with. I use those emotions and I write my demons away. Using an emotion you are experiencing can give a certain depth to a character. It can make them more real, angrier, more fearful, and feel like a much better and well-rounded character.

It's kind of what I'm trying to do right now with a bunch of messed up emotions about something I'm going through. Logically, I know what's going on but the hind brain, she is not cooperating. So, I'm going to have to trick her into dealing with things by making a character deal with it. Probably not the same "it" that I'm personally going through but something that can use those same emotions.

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xjenavivex
Jan. 21st, 2010 02:02 pm (UTC)
Being new at this, I haven't started building things I might use into my stories. Right now I can put the environment and some emotion in. I just haven't really tried to channel the things I've faced down. I wonder if I am avoiding it. I think you are right in that it would add more depth. You usually are right. In fact, I haven't found an instance where you weren't!

I am sorry you are going through something tough. I am here if you need me. The door is always open. It speaks when you push on it. I've been meaning to pick up some WD-40. You know how procrastinators can be. ::hugs::
jennifer_brozek
Jan. 22nd, 2010 12:52 am (UTC)
Goodness. I get things wrong all the time. But thank you. I appreciate it.
xjenavivex
Jan. 22nd, 2010 04:32 pm (UTC)
I have a story from this fall that I need to take a good long look at and will probably do exactly what someone told me to do months ago. Yeah, you get things right alot too.
kmarkhoover
Jan. 21st, 2010 02:24 pm (UTC)
I often try to capture the emotion of my dreams if I think it fits a piece I'm working on.
torreybird
Jan. 21st, 2010 04:27 pm (UTC)
Good thinking - I'm so glad you wrote this today. I've often done this with emotional/mental disturbances in the force... currently, though, it's all about the phyiscal for me.

I think I'll take some muscle relaxers and write a character with back spasms TODAY. Because that character is a grumpy, scared, angry person. Yikes.
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