Heh! A fairly accurate map. I think I’m lost somewhere around the falls.
This is an interesting article that I looked up at my mother’s request the other day. A lady at her church had mentioned being an empath to her and told her a little about it. My mother found it interesting, and similar to things she’s experienced, so she mentioned it to me and her belief that she might be an empath, and had me look it up.
As I was reading through the list of traits, she nodded her head and commented her agreement on just about each trait. I found myself agreeing with most of the traits, as well (at least half to 2/3 of them), such as: being a good listener; not much of a crowd person; a need for solitude; people coming to me with their problems; seeming shy and aloof; being creative and easily bored; daydreaming; loving nature and animals; liking adventure and travel; always looking for answers and the truth; having a hard time doing things I don’t enjoy; feeling the emotions of others and taking them on as my own; an interest in the metaphysical and supernatural. There are other traits I somewhat related to, also. And I also noticed that some of the traits seemed to echo traits of an introvert. So now I wonder how much of my introverted nature might also be me being empathic.
Emotions help make us who we are, make us human. That is why they are important in writing. They help the reader connect with the characters. A good writer can make the reader feel what the characters are feeling, make them relate and care about the character. The trick is to convey those feelings with words. So word choice is an important tool in the author’s arsenal. That is one reason why a good author should also read a lot, not only can they learn and incorporate from other authors’ styles, but also build their vocabulary.
This rambling post is part of SoCS