Posts tagged ‘via negativa’

Dec 05 2018
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How to write what isn’t there

How to write what isn't there

I recently had a Writer’s Eye student who was drafting a chapter in which one of the main characters in her excellent ongoing story dies. The character’s wife experiences feelings of numbness, entering a state of survival we often describe as auto-pilot: she was simply going through the motions and not actually connecting with anyone or anything. Trauma and loss often result in feelings like this. But how do you write about this particular emotional…

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