I’m sure you’ve all experienced it…you’re reading a romance or a si-fi or a news article and you’re suddenly overwhelmed by the words you read. The words cause you to react with anger, tears or laughter…why? They’re just words…aren’t they…or are they?
Is there an energy that we can’t see that attaches itself to the words we as authors write? And how is it that this energy can stay attached to reach everyone who reads the words?
I remember hearing a speaker at a writers convention say she kept reading a manuscript over and over trying to figure out what was wrong with a story she was reading, the grammar was perfect, the pacing was awesome, the prose were great, she even liked the H&H…but she wanted a reason to reject the manuscript.
Why, you ask? Well, this editor went on to say there was something about the book she couldn’t put her hands on. As she studied the story she finally realized what it was that made her want to reject the book…it was the author.
She remembered talking to the author during a pitch and even though the author appeared happy and was very nice, the editor remembers feeling negative Vibs from the author….like an inner anger or depression, and it was this emotional chip that had somehow invaded the author’s story of love and romance. The author’s inner gloominess had somehow attached itself to the words in her book. It was between the lines but it was there. So much so the editor was overwhelmed by depression while reading the book of romance and adventure. The editor realized she was experiencing that very same heavy feeling she’d had while sitting with this author during the pitch session.
Sad thing is; the editor knew the book was basically good. It was a printable book. With some hard editing she knew they might even be able to knockout the negativity from the author that permeated between the lines of the book…and she knew it could possibly make money. The only problem was…she didn’t want to have to work with an author that suffered with such an inner depression it would overpower everything she wrote.
So…this bit of interesting news got me to wondering, yes, you all know me by now, I’m always thinking! Though the book was an adventure romance without a depressing scene in the story…how did the author’s personal inner depression overpower the words in her book?
Are our emotions more physical than we know? How is when I write, “Billy looked at Mary. Cherishing her small hand in his, he caressed her beautiful with his eyes.” and have an editor experience a negative feeling while reading it?
We’ve all said it…some of us more emotional author’s may have even screamed it – “I can’t write! After the day I’ve had with my mother-in-law and two kids…how can I write a love scene!”
Is this our sub-conscious mind making sure we don’t pass on a negative feeling in our words to our readers? If we don’t work through our negativity…will our readers pick up on this in our books?
Is this why agents and editors say…write what you know? Do they really mean…write what you feel inside because it will come out on the page whether you intend it or not?
I’m curious…what do you think?
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