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Writing Emotion


That’s what I write about. It’s a human thing that fascinates me.

I wrote in my post Intuition vs. Emotion, “Decisions are being made from whatever emotion is being felt at present. This is not a good idea, because emotions are subjective and fleeting.”

How we feel about someone or something in the moment may change the next day.

My latest book, Through His Disciples’ Eyes, shows three characters controlled by their emotions, and their decision making doesn’t go too well. They must learn the difference between a gut feeling or intuition, and feelings or emotions. You can click on the title above if you’re interested to see how they learn and grow.

Similarly, my novel, Whit’s End has two characters who are highly emotional about the drama going on in their marriages. Do they react out of emotion and make decisions to be unfaithful? Or, do they learn to follow their deeper understanding of how to work things out for success in their lives.

Ava Whitaker
Ava arrived fifteen minutes early for her meeting with John and parked the car in a distant spot under a tree. She stretched her neck forward, peering across the expanse of the lot toward the coffee shop. All alone in the car trying not to overthink, she let her attention drift  . . .

What the hell am I doing here? Am I really considering having an affair with a man I met online?

Why lie to herself anymore? She lived in a shambles of a marriage. The internet man brought her dead existence back to  life. Why not let him resuscitate her?

How could I think of doing something so reckless? It’s not like me. Morality has always been a constant in my life.

So much for not overthinking.

Ava still loved Alex, but did they base their marriage on a fairytale? 

Was John the answer?

If you enjoy this novel, consider reading my latest, Through His Disciples’ Eyes, and find out how those characters reconcile their emotions.

6 thoughts on “Writing Emotion”

  1. I really enjoyed Whit’s End (one of the few books I’ve had time to read over the last several years) and will read your latest after I retire (10 months!).
    It’s interesting to read your thoughts on how emotion can control people. I had someone resign on Friday after I had to re-assign her for January. I tried to get her to see how this was a completely necessary move for operational requirements, but she dug in on not wanting to make the adjustments and started arguing. This is a very well paid position that she started in November and I was aware that she’s experiencing financial issues, so I couldn’t understand why she would quit over it as the new assignment is very similar to her original one. Yesterday she asked if could rescind her resignation; she admitted that she let emotion get in the way. I’ve accepted her cancellation, though I find myself questioning her judgement.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed, Whit’s End. For some reason I thought your retirement started at the end of this year. 🤷‍♀️ Ten months isn’t far off though, considering how far you’ve come. Your story about the reassignment and resignation was interesting. I could see why you’d be wondering about her judgment now. With my fascination about emotion and relationship dynamics, I’d be curious to learn what was going on in her head at the time. Personally, I think society is reacting out of emotion for just about anything thing days. People are expected to cater to each individual’s emotions in the moment, and we can’t please everyone all of the time. Sometimes we just have to accept what is and try to work with it. People get hurt cause they’re called the “wrong pronoun,” and I can’t reach a top shelf at the grocery store. Who will cater to my emotions of not being able to reach? Can they please lower the shelves for me? I can’t help I was born this way. There are a lot of short people in the world. Why can’t WE be catered to?
      Of course, I don’t mean that, it’s just an example of how emotions can’t always be pacified for each person. This world is not a perfect place, and sometimes we have to work with inconveniences.
      Didn’t mean to go on, but this topic gets me going. 🤦‍♀️

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      1. No problem, Lori. I couldn’t agree more. It has gotten so that everything you could possibly say is potentially an issue. The snowflakes can’t take anything and everything must be their way, otherwise we’re stepping on their rights. What really irritates me is that there are real human rights violations out there and in the most egregious ways. These complaints just make a mockery of legitimate suffering. I like the analogy you make to being short. Excellent point.
        I was expecting to retire in July but extended it in order to mentor my replacement. I’ll be finished at the end of October. We plan to follow up with a trip to Toronto to visit family and friends and then a month in Dominican Republic. November in the Caribbean? Yes!! 😁

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