Chapter 1 was fine. It has conflict, but not involved conflict: Distant conflict.
Chapter 2 I loved. My characters made me feel a little of their pain, their anger, the unjustness of life, along with the stirrings of sexual attraction.
Now comes the beginning of an emotional rollercoaster. Before I can truly connect with Chapter 3, I have to get to know who my characters really are. I can’t avoid it any longer. And it hurts. Both my characters are bringing with them emotional ‘baggage’. In order to convey it accurately, I have to live through their pain.
In order to ‘set the scene’ I find I have to immerse myself in the relevant mood. Chapter 2 involved a lot of anger. What worked for me on that occasion was Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill. My goodness, that girl was angry when she recorded those tracks! I loved it. (My children knew to stay away from me when they heard me listening to it, lol!)
Today, I am trying to connect with the pain in my hero’s life. To get me in the mood I am watching Everwood. I first watched this series on ITV1 last year. I loved it so much that I ordered the series (very cheaply) on DVD from America. I’ve owned it for over six months, but today it the first time I’ve watched it. It’s perfect. It is packed full of emotion.
Fortunately, I have a rare day of having the house to myself until at least 10pm. Just as well. Nearly every episode, on more than one occasion has me sobbing my heart out! I am beginning to understand exactly what my hero has been through, and is still going through emotionally (Of course, my plot is nothing like the same, but the emotions they feel are similar). I only wish I could let my heroine in on the secret sooner rather than later.
I think I’m falling in love…
Ps. what works to get you in the appropriate mood for writing? Music, TV, film…?