a reply to: PrairieShepherd
I understand. Believe me, I do.
I'm not great authority and make no claims to special knowledge. I'm just some guy. But allow me to post some thoughts.
It's not what, or where, or who you are that matters. It's where you take your readers: the realms of dreams you draw them into, so sometimes, they
might not even be sure what thoughts are theirs, and what are yours. That's
When a reader sheds tears over a character, or laughs with them, it's because you probably did as well. As the great Robert Frost once said: "No tears
in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader."
It's true. I've cried buckets with (and for) some of my characters. Or laughed, ditto. And yes, I've had ones who've surprised me. Sometimes they are
so real that I am not even sure exactly what they are going to do or say next. But they have
to be real. If they are not real to the writer,
the reader cannot "suspend disbelief" enough to feel something for them. And feelings are the basis of it all.
Emotion is important, because we are, quintessentially, emotional beings. There are short stories I've posted on ATS where members have replied to
tell me they cried. I am glad for them (and I feel blessed), because we need to let our feelings out sometimes. So, if our words can help people do
that, it can be cathartic for them.
Telling a story is not just about "the story". It's about making words
, and making people feel part of it all. And I think
you, and some others who post their writings here, can do this.