I Have All These Feelings, Okay?

RTW this week on YA Highway:  What’s your number one reason for writing?

I write because I love stories.  All kinds of stories.  In books, on TV, in movies, at the theater.  Bear with me while I get a little philosophical.  The reason I love stories so much is that they are all attempts to get at some human reality.  To explain something that can’t be summed up in one word, but requires several.

Let’s define a word.  Love. I Googled and came up with this definition:  “An intense feeling of deep affection.”

Does that definition sum up all of the intricacies of human connection?  The way you can love someone and hate them at the same time?  How love can be the most painful feeling, as well as the most euphoric?

Another definition.  Pain. Google says:  “Physical suffering or discomfort caused by illness or injury.”

That’s one more definition that falls far short of depicting what pain is.  How it feels.  What brings it on and what relieves it.

Stories can take these words and show them to the world in their various incarnations.  Through story, we can begin to accumulate an idea of what these words actually mean, and how they might be experienced universally–as well as the differences in how they’re experienced across cultures.

So, really, I write because I have all these feelings, and there aren’t singular words that I can ascribe to them.  Only stories.

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8 comments

  1. Colin Smith says:

    So true! I’ve come to appreciate over the years how powerfully a well-written story can communicate, even to the point of influencing or changing people’s lives. That ability to put thoughts and feelings into a story that communicates heart-to-heart is priceless.

  2. Donelle Lacy says:

    Like I said in my blog for today “good writing communicates ideas and feelings well enough that people can experience them with you.” I think that’s a big deal in stories. A big deal for authors and readers alike. Sharing these things is important. I totally dig this post.

    • Crystal says:

      Thanks! Yeah, I think most readers are looking to experience emotions and answer some of the Big Life Questions with the author.

  3. Kris Atkins says:

    Awesome post! I think yours is my favorite from last week’s RTW (sorry for such a belated comment!). That’s what fiction is all about–discovering life truths through “made up” stories.

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