A very interesting post. Excellent point about perspective and focus. Each of us can hone in on the same exact thing, but experience a myriad of different feelings and emotions.
Something I’ve found helpful is to keep a spreadsheet or list of my feelings/emotions when I experience them. For instance, if I feel restless or bored I write how my body feels, thoughts, and so on. I’ve used these experiences in my stories to give realistic depth of feelings and emotions to the characters.
Have any of you read Winifred Gallagher‘s book, Rapt? I have not. Which is to say I read the beginning and then the book lost itself among the hundred-something boxes involved in moving countries.
Rapt, or certainly the bit I read, talked about how what we pay attention to shapes the way we experience the world – what you focus on is what will stand out for you. What stands out for you is what you remember. Your memories make you who you are – at the very least, they play a huge role.
Focus is an imorptant writer’s tool – how many times have you heard ‘give the reader select details that will convey the scene’s atmosphere’? Sometimes, though, it’s hard to decide on which details to give. There are so many to choose from.
Try thinking of the things you notice in different moods –…
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