Do you need to get in touch with your rawest emotions to write a sad scene?
Well, September’s well and truly here, and it’s the month of mixed feelings for me. It’s seven years on Tuesday since my first husband died – it was a time of dragonflies, mellow sunshine and gut-wrenching pain. When I write an emotive scene, I can’t get back into that time to channel the sadness into something constructive. Why? Is it the fear of not being able to climb back out again? Am I being a wimp? Should we just let the past go and try to block out the worst memories?
What are your views? Does a writer need to delve deeply into the worst times or is a healthy imagination enough?