17th October – 13 Days and Counting…

38. Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly?

My gut instinct is to say no, because the hallmark of good writing for me is a clear understanding of emotions and emotional intelligence. I think to write well, you need to feel emotions strongly. Or at least, you need to have a strong understanding of emotions.

It’s a difficult question because it’s so subjective. What one person means as feeling emotions strongly might be another person’s underplaying of emotions.

I think the main thing that makes a good writer is the ability to put yourself in your character’s shoes and really feel what they’re going through. But I guess you don’t nees to feel emotions “strongly” for that.

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