How often have you looked back and recalled a book or page of writing that just resonated with you for years? It contained Something spectacular and powerful that just attracted your attention and interest.
I like to think that passion drives these powerful pieces.
One of the most difficult things for any writer to accomplish is the ability to evoke emotions in a reader. Often enough, the emotions we strive to evoke aren’t the ones received by readers. Why is that?
An artist is driven by his moods. If he feels a sense of calm and happiness, he projects this mood in a particular piece of art. Similarly, us writers, are artists who want to accomplish the same.
Be it with the use of words, some may believe using Insanely powerful words may create a powerful piece but that is nothing more than a fantasy.
As a writer, I have learnt, be it later than sooner, that in order to transfer your emotions from your heart to your mind and from your mind to paper, one needs to truly understand what they feel and how to project such feelings after understanding them.
I want you read something – The Enormous hooded stranger leaped forward in destructive rage, desiccating everything in his line of vision with the intent of reeking havoc on his one and only nemesis.
What do you take from that passage? The man is angry, he is showing his anger by destroying things in attempt to destroy his rival.
Though it depicts that the man is angry, his actions are of anger, who his anger is aimed at, this passage lacked one major pivotal characteristic – it lacked the expression of Anger.
Do you understand? I wrote about anger, described the effects of this strangers anger but I failed to express what he felt in anger. This piece lacked emotion, it just described the consequences of an angry man and his target.
In contrast to the above passage, read this : The hooded stranger felt his body rattle with every passing memory, the blood rushing throughout his torso, vision blurred by the fiery tears filling up his eyes. He mustered up as much anger as he could and charged forward, fists clenched, strength resonating throughout his physique. Time stood still, people in the distance looked as though they slowed down, insignificant, all that mattered was the deceitful piece of trash that stood before him. The tides have changed, time has favored this stranger as today would be the end of a life long feud.
In the former passage, it may have been decorated with creative ‘fancy’ words but the latter passage consisted of something a lot more crucial – it evoked power, passion and anger. Sometimes, though it may not look like it, simple words fused together in a longer passage can be insanely more powerful to a reader than a short passage consumed by large descriptive words that don’t project emotion.
To conclude this article, I just want to emphasize the importance of understanding how YOU feel as a writer and as a person. Don’t feel scared to explore different emotions and situation. Heck, don’t even fear being scared, experience it, understand fear and write with such fear in mind.
Use this piece of advice and write with passion. That, in my opinion, is truly a fantastic way of writing powerful pieces.
Would you say that you work better with emotion or without?