The first time I read A Prayer For Owen Meany, I found myself getting teary-eyed at the end. What a character! What a story! I had never read a novel that so perfectly illustrated for me the concepts of faith and doubt and friendship. The emotion that rose within me in that moment, as I read the end of the book, was palpable.

So when I stumbled over L’Engle’s quote in her book Walking on Water about emotion and writing, I had to stop for a moment.

“Emotion can come before writing, and after writing, but it must not be present during writing.” Madeleine L’Engle

Emotion must not be present during writing.

When’s the last time you cried or laughed out loud or got angry while reading a book?

What do you think about L’Engle’s quote, that emotion must not be present during writing?