Questions 3: Stuck in the Emotions

Anger from Inside Out

Anger from Inside Out

First, I’m pretty sure this guy runs the show in my head most of the time.  Occasionally, Sadness knocks him out of the way and you can tell what movie my son watches about once a week.  Obviously, ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’.

Anyway, there are times I write a powerful scene and it draws out emotions that I have trouble turning off.  For example, I’ve learned that I shouldn’t drive anywhere right after I write a car chase scene in Crossing Bedlam.  Going into public after a scene that involves crying characters and heartbreak isn’t helpful either.  All part of the job, I guess.

  1. Is there one emotion that you find yourself gravitating toward more than others?
  2. What tactic do you use to ‘reset’ your emotions after finishing a scene?
  3. Is there an emotion that you have trouble putting into your work?

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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25 Responses to Questions 3: Stuck in the Emotions

  1. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Charles Yallowitz with some questions for you. Emotions are not just for humans but for our characters too.. We use their emotions to bring them to life and to provoke a reaction from our readers.. but after a writing a harrowing scene.. how can we switch off? Head over and add your views.


  2. I find it the most difficult to write scenes that involve animals and children.. Kleenex to hand. Chocolate helps.


  3. Sue Vincent says:

    My problem is leaving emotion out…


  4. I also tend to get immersed in the emotions of my characters. I haven’t come up with any good tactics for getting out of it…


  5. I change gears, try to do something else,chopped vegetables, hug my cats, wash dishes, do errands. It takes time. Some emotions stick long. I’m with Sally regarding children and animals as well.
    Interesting discussion. 😉


  6. Is there one emotion that you find yourself gravitating toward more than others? I am usually a pretty level person emotionally except if I ‘m writing a tense scene. Then I go into the zone and can try to feel how my characters feel.
    What tactic do you use to ‘reset’ your emotions after finishing a scene? I grab a big drink of water and leave the room. It’s the only thing that works. I used to try and go on to the next scene but found myself still thinking of what I wrote.
    Is there an emotion that you have trouble putting into your work? I have a problem with sorrow and insecurity. These are two things that I have programmed out of my life since growing up nearly consumed by them. It is troubling for me to go back into those emotions. I can do it but it carries a personal cost.


  7. The emotion I’m stuck in…as an Italian…Catholic…that would be guilt. My characters feel guilt throughout my writing. They feel guilt for things they’ve done and haven’t done. I wonder if there’s a connection.


  8. My characters often seem to be carrying heavy anger. In the current WIP, she’s having to realize she contributed to her problems. The anger gives her a lot of spark in dialogue, as she’s very reactive to perceived insults, but it also can be a turn-off for readers who feel less sympathy for a character who is angry all the time. It’s something I’m monitoring as I finish up the first draft.


    • Interesting that you mention that. I’ve heard a lot of people complain about characters who are angry and negative. Yet that always seems to be the biggest mentality on the Internet and TV. Maybe books make it more obvious.

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