Universal Tears

Yesterday was a tough writing day. I had to create a scene between two secondary characters–a scene fraught with anger and hurt. One character wanted to throw up her hands and walk away, pulling her emotions around her like a cloak–or a suit of armor. The other character, who was just as upset, but even more stung by the first’s attitude was thinking about beating her to the door and exiting first.

Then I remembered this little poke from the Universe:

Do you know why happy tears taste the same as sad tears, Silver?

Because all tears come from the ocean of love.

Your nautical wheeler,
`The Universe

P.S. Ahoy, Silver, love ahead… and hey, nice dinghy.

Happy tears. Sad Tears. What happens when a character who never cries does? What happens when a character decides to stay and try one more time to get through to the other, to convince her that no matter what, as long as he has her beside him, they’ll manage whatever the world throws at them?

Yeah. He didn’t walk out the door. He lost his temper and decided to fight for what was important to him. And she was smart enough to know that love would keep them afloat, even in a sea of tears.

I love it when a plan comes together, even though it left me emotionally drained and a little sniffly.

Readers, what does it take to get you so involved in a story that you get sniffly? Writers, do get emotional about your own stories?


About Silver James

I like walks on the wild side and coffee. Lots of coffee. Warning: My Muse runs with scissors. Author of two award-winning series--Moonstruck and The Penumbra Papers, Red Dirt Royalty (Harlequin Desire) & other books! Purveyor of magic, mystery, mayhem and romance. Lots and lots of romance.
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6 Responses to Universal Tears

  1. Liza says:

    One of the best books I’ve read this year had me blubbering like a baby. I absolutely love Night Blade by J.C. Daniels(Shiloh Walker), but it killed me too. Fabulous series(must read Blade Song first) and the world building is very well done. Now must wait until early next year for next book.

  2. It’s hard to tell what will make me sniffly. The writing will hit some chord and I’ll be a hot mess. Some days it’s dad things, some days it’s kid issues, some days it’s just a reminder of how much I love my husband. Good tears and bad tears – like you said.

    How awesome is it that you made yourself sniffly. I love it when that happens. Congratulations. Sorry it rung you out, though. Sometimes the best writing we do is the most draining. And it’s the most rewarding, too. =o)

    • Silver James says:

      The sweetly sad or just plan sweet stuff can tear me up just as fast as the sad stuff. Case in point, NCIS last night. The final line Gibbs said had me absolutely blubbering. And yes, I know I’m on to something when I get mad at a character (when I’m supposed to be mad) or cry with the character or laugh. Readers pick up on that, definitely!

  3. jblynn says:

    Congrats on making yourself sniffly! I’ve found that the scenes I’VE had the strongest reactions to whether they’re sad, funny, horrifying, surprising are the ones readers tend to mention in reviews or write to me about.

    • Silver James says:

      JB, I think when we, as authors, invest so much of ourselves into a scene it resonates. The emotion becomes real–palpable–and the readers feel it, too. I just want to get to the level where ALL my scenes are like that. Of course, I might be in padded cell at the end of each book but… 😉

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