by Liz Fielding
Thanks so much for inviting me on the blog today, Darlene. It’s a real pleasure to be here.
A couple of days ago I was listening to the radio while getting breakfast. It was one of those breakfast magazine programmes – news, chat, interesting stuff - and there was someone talking about “method writing”. My ears immediately pricked up because this is what I’ve been doing all my life, maybe because my first driving ambition was to be an actress :)
Three or four years ago I gave a talk at the British Romantic Novelists’ Association conference on blending humour with emotion and I explained how I used my own life experiences to help me get that on the page.
The writer’s memory is her toolbox and somewhere within it you will find a memory of an occasion when, one moment you’ve been laughing, on top of the world celebrating some achievement with family, friends and then, without warning, there’s a prickle behind your eyelids as you remember someone who is no longer there to share it with you. That “how Mum would have loved this” moment. There – tears in my eyes right now.
Sweet memories. Lovely times with my Dad on a beach – he made the world’s best sandcastles – and rides out on his motorbike to see the bluebells. My Mum – who hated sewing – struggling with a costume for me to wear in the school play. (I had some of the audience in tears by this time!)
The moments of embarrassment that twenty years on can still make you shudder. And there is a night in my memory when, long, long ago I was alone in my apartment and someone tried to break in. I will never forget the throat closing terror of not being able to scream. I thought that one would be perfect for a radio play. One day, maybe…
Those memories are part of your writing arsenal. Use it!
You’ll find the full text of Blending Humour with Emotion on the “On Writing” page on my website http://www.lizfielding.com/onwriting.html
About LizTwice winner of Romance Writers of America, prestigious RITA award and with a Lifetime Achievement Award from Romantic Times BOOKclub, best-selling author Liz Fielding has more than 15 million books in print. For news and excerpts of her latest releases, visit Liz's web site at http://www.lizfielding.com
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