Emotional Barrier in Fiction: Why is it so important for you to learn how to cross it? (Part One)

This is a great article — definitely worth saving and reading again and again.

Writers In The Storm Blog

We are fortunate to get a double-dose of Tiffany Lawson Inman this week with her insights on the emotional barrier in fiction. Look for Part Two on Friday. Oh, and read on. Tiffany’s offering a “seat” for one lucky commenter to her next online class at the Lawson Writers Academy.

Tiffany Lawson Inman, headshotby Tiffany Lawson Inman

Emotions play a big role in writing fiction.

That’s not a big secret, right?

Nope, but what I say next might surprise you. One of the many things I learned during my years as an actor is that most people, including writers, are afraid of their own emotions. Feeeeeeeeeeelings.Kermit Oh yes, those pesky feelings.

Most people are afraid of the thoughts and situations that forced them to feel hate, shame, guilt, terror, deep sadness, and dread. Humans are blessed to have the ability to emote, but they also have within them an emotional barrier to protect…

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6 thoughts on “Emotional Barrier in Fiction: Why is it so important for you to learn how to cross it? (Part One)

  1. Yep. I’ve got my fingers crossed that it will be my name pulled out of the hat, for the free slot in her upcoming class. But even if I don’t get to take the class, her blog posts have helped me improve the story I’m working on.

    • oh, I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you, too, then.

      I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about the mechanics of writing or how to write, and in general I don’t read advice manuals about writing — my problems aren’t with writing so much as with getting to the place where I *can* write. I need a life coach more than a writing coach (in my humble opinion). What I liked about this a lot was the point that like actors (Aha: Armitage connection) writers need to find way to experience and reproduce things that are inherently disturbing and that’s the biggest barrier to writing. That really resonated with me.

      • Ah, I see — you’re looking at the subject from a different point of view than I am. Or maybe it’s a different approach, I don’t know. But I’m glad that her blog post resonated with you and that you found it useful!

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