Nancy's question about Christmas stories brought this topic up for me. Because the comments and stories were wide-ranging and passionate. Full of emotion. Emotional writing.
So what are the pros of emotional writing? Writing that comes from the gut, or from the heart, a visceral place, instead of the head?
One, strength from passion. What we care about we can write about. And what we write has immediacy. It possesses the power of our remembrance--emotionally charged writing is redolent with the senses, taste, smell, touch.
And the passion often comes through in the writing, catching the reader in a world of words. In my workshops I suggest to brand new writers that they write about something that truly mattered to them. It never matters how small or large the experience they write about, the writing is riveting.
So, when have you emotionally written? What has been your experience? What has been the result.
Next post, the cons of emotional writing.