Over the past year, I made a discovery. I'm a YA writer. Yes, I write for other age levels, but the YA genre is where I feel at home. With every YA book I write, I feel like I'm taking a trip back in time to when I was 16. I have a lot of great memories from that age. I have a lot of sad memories, too. But one thing is certain; teens have a lot of emotion. They feel so many things and often all at once. I love getting to relive that through my writing.
Honestly, I've never cried or laughed so much while writing. I go through so many feelings during a draft. I type through tears. I get goosebumps. I feel what my teenage characters feel. It's sometimes a little awkward to find myself doing these things while sitting at my laptop, but the awkwardness makes me a better writer. It gives me a connection to the teens I'm writing for.
So bring on the tears, the chills, the nerves, the laughter, and all the other amazing feelings that go with writing YA books. I want to feel it all so that my readers will feel it all.
Do you allow yourself to fully feel your characters emotions?