How much research do you need to do in order to make your stories believable? Granted, as writers we don’t have to actually experience everything we put our characters through. Events, places, facts, concrete things can be found on the internet, in books, at the library, etc. But how do we get the emotion to come through?
I’m pretty good at empathizing with a character even if I haven’t lived a certain situation. However, could I take it one step further? Could I better connect with the reader, and/or those that might have lived through a similar situation?
When you have an emotional scene (not sexual), do you to talk to someone that has lived through what you’re writing about? Do you contact an agency that deals with a particular issue, such as deafness or abuse? Do you have a secret way of getting the needed emotions on the page that sucks the reader in and makes them cry right alongside you? Cough it up, y’all. I’d really like to know.