A great thing about being a writer is that there's an upside to every personal trauma: there's the opportunity for insight into a whole raft of emotions. Whether it's grief, anger, despair . . . experiencing extreme emotion presents the opportunity to analyse physical and mental reactions. This will then hopefully assist in the writing of scenes that convey realistic and powerful emotion.
This past week, for example, has been rough. But it has been an extremely good character building experience -- for me as a person, but also for me as a writer who creates characters. I would never have known that a particular situation would cause me to completely lose my appetite. (I never lose my appetite!) Or that my stomach would stay knotted for hours and my ability to concentrate disappear. I'm not even quite sure what the emotion was . . .
So we file the memories away, ready for retrieval at the right moment -- for the right scene. For instance, whenever I need a storm of weeping, my mind goes straight back to the death of my cat, Moggie, 7 years ago. This week's emotions will be similarly drawn out and dusted off at some stage, without a doubt.