Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Thoughts and Feelings Help You Write

Rivers are amazing. Have you ever stood beside one and listened? The river whispers. Really! Years ago, Hubby and I owned a house right on the west bank of the Snake River. I loved to walk down to the water's edge, sit on a large lava rock, and just listen. I heard many sounds: water rushing by, cattails and tall-bladed grasses swooshing in the breeze, and blue herons cawing. The experience was spell binding. I felt at one with nature, and that I was but a small piece of a bigger purpose. The river had been on the same course forever. I wondered what other people in history had sat on that lava rock and watched the water. What animals had come to the river, the life-blood of the Snake River Valley?

Why do I bring this up on Writing Tip Wednesday? Because those thoughts and feelings that I experienced helped me write my new book, River Whispers

Thoughts and feelings can be key to writing strong stories. They make you think "what if". Channel those thoughts and feelings into your characters and you'll see your writing come alive.

Have you channeled thoughts and feelings into your novel? If so, do you think they made your story stronger?


  1. That's a beautiful picture. Channelling my thoughts and feelings help my writing. Helps me get in character, so to speak and I'm better able to figure out what my characters are going through.

  2. J.L.,
    That picture reminded me of the river. I could almost smell the water. I know what you mean about being able to figure out what characters are going through by channeling feelings. It can be rough when your character feels sorrow, but very sweet when there is joy. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Love the picture.

    People sometime ask, where do you come up with your ideas? The answer is that they're inside. You hear the characters talking. You see the story unfold in your mind.

  4. Helen:
    What a great thought! And so true. I do hear the characters and the story unfolds before my eyes. Thanks for adding to the conversation.

  5. That is a glorious photo!

    I certainly try to channel my emotion into my writing.



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