Wednesday, May 1, 2019
IWSG for May
It's the first Wednesday in May, so it's time for the IWSG monthly post.
This month's question is: What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?
This is a good question. I think I've always known that language had power. I learned to read to myself when I was three, but even before that I remember being swept away by stories my mother read me, being frightened with the characters or sad.
I think when I first learned I had power over language was when I was twelve. We had a substitute teacher for several weeks and she asked us to write a story one day. I wrote something based on a two-line summary of a movie I'd seen advertised somewhere and this teacher thought it was extraordinary. She was genuinely moved by the plight of my characters and the relationships I developed over the three or four pages I scrawled.
I think that's really when I decided I wanted to be a writer. I saw how my words had affected this teacher and it made me feel powerful. I could evoke emotion, even in a teacher!
And since then, I've written. And writing scenes that evoke strong emotions is something I try to do in every book because that's powerful writing. If you can make the reader really feel something, then your job as a writer is done.
I think I may have done it a little too well last weekend though... I made myself cry while I was writing and had to stop for a while. That's never happened to me before!
Have you ever made yourself cry with a scene you wrote?