How tightly we package our emotions…
While trying to add sausages to the gumbo, I was cooking, what did I find? Impossible packaging is what. Each sausage was individually wrapped in vacuum packing, so tight it required stabbing the plastic—often stabbing the sausage as well to get at them. This had me thinking, first about those deli containers that you have to break an arm getting the lid off, then about those totally idiotic hard plastic packs that wrap around various items, which you need to cut a finger to get at, and then the medications in people-proof containers. I’m sure you’ve all been there. But this eventually led me to think about how tightly we package our emotions.
We may not break an arm or cut a finger to get at them, but many of our emotions are buried so deep inside, the damage is occurring without being seen. I once read that the reason men were more likely to have a heart attack is because they tend more toward bottling their emotions.
But what happens when we write? Does Art imitate Life?
I think most writers have, at one time or another, received a note from their editor in ‘track changes’ that says something along the lines of, ‘add more emotion here.’ But adding emotion doesn’t equal actually saying, ‘he felt happy’ or ‘she loved her dad.’ That would be telling, and we all know about showing vs. telling. So, an author writes how a character acts or reacts to the actions or dialog of another character, or explains what the emotion stirred in his body or what showed on his face. While humans can hide the elation of seeing a Royal Flush in their poker hand, and manage to sit with a blank face (or at least some can!), it’s always in the best interests of the story to at least hint at something by giving away a little internal feeling: he could feel his heart pounding in his chest, or he bit his lip and crossed his arms so as not to show the shaking.
To answer my own question, no…
Art doesn’t always imitate Life, and it’s probably for the best. I’m all for giving free rein to emotions when appropriate, though we often try to hold back tears or stop ourselves from laughing at someone. Usually, it’s best to unwrap those feelings, and communicate what’s going on inside.
And as for those sausages…they were worth the trouble.
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A native New Yorker, Andrea Downing currently divides her time between the canyons of city streets and the wide-open spaces of Wyoming. Her background in publishing and English Language teaching has transferred into fiction writing, and her love of horses, ranches, rodeo, and just about anything else western, is reflected in her award-winning historical and contemporary western romances.
She has been a finalist in the RONE Awards for Best American Historical Romance twice, placed in the International Digital Awards twice, and won ‘Favorite Hero’ along with Honorable Mentions for Favorite Heroine, Short Story and Novel in the Maple Leaf Awards. Her book, Dearest Darling, has also won The Golden Quill Award for Best Novella and been on the short list for winning The Chanticleer Award for Best Short or Novella.
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