Does your writing have to be inspired by your real-life emotions?

Can you manufacture a feeling in order to write about it? Or sing about it? The greats have done it, great lyricists have written beautiful love songs having never fallen themselves.

You can extract so many things from the environment around you without personal experience. You can imagine what it feels like to be in love. You can identify with its symptoms as much as you can because you probably had a crush before. So you put that down on paper and amplify it while inputting notions of love that you have picked up from the outside world.

You observe other people’s pain and lay it down in your own words. So many things are defined for you and love is one of those things that is often defined for us. From Rom-coms to love songs to how you ought to react when you catch your loved one cheating on you; for some reason, you beat up the person your significant other is cheating with as opposed to challenging the person who is directly hurting you. It makes no sense but thanks to thousands of songs, movies and shows, this is how you are likely to react to now.

If someone wrote a song about something they’ve never personally experienced but the song makes you feel every emotion the lyricist intended you to feel, it is a mark of a great writer. A writer who is able to place himself/herself in a position that is a personally untapped arena to them can still convincingly deliver the message that they want to and spark the emotions that they want their listeners to feel.

Have you ever manufactured a feeling?

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  1. I’ve thought about this a lot. I had trouble writing several chapters in my novel where the mc sees his brother that he hasn’t talked to in 6 years. I really couldn’t write it until my brother went away to college. When he came back, I was surprised at how awkward the reunion was. So I wrote that into my story, and it felt more realistic.

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    1. Ah the awkward sibling reunion. I’ve been there. Really weird to feel uncomfortable around someone you aren’t supposed to feel uncomfortable around.

      Love the transference though! Exactly what I mean, draw from your life experiences, no matter how limited they are. We can’t experience every single emotion to the right degree all the time to later put into words – I mean who would wanna? We would be a mess.

      I’m going to dare – what’s your book about? Can I get a signed copy? ^ ^

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      1. It is weird lol.
        The book isn’t published yet, but I recently got an offer from an agent, so hopefully it will be soon 🙂 It’s a 16-century historical thriller about a schizophrenic French prince who has to work against a sort of underground spy system to kill his sister and get his older brother on the throne.

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      2. Ou nice, now I’m curious about the story, sounds unique! Btw how epic is it that you have an agent and will be publishing it soon?! If it hits the market, I’d love to buy a copy. Rest assured, I will be name dropping like crazy.

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  2. Empathy is such a moving force, isn’t it? Sometimes I think we’re woven from emotions, and though starving for one such as love I imagine longing can amplify one’s perception of it. Neat post 🙂

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    1. It really is. It influences our very morality (or even defines it). I do think love is different from what romcoms make it out to be, but perhaps very bias-ly, I reckon the poems I find on here capture the feelings far more accurately.

      Thank you for the kind words!

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