I’ve not been a crier. I tend to be pretty steady most of the time. I have been through a number of setbacks and tragedies in my life, no more or less than anyone else, but enough to understand sadness. What I wish to write about is how we deal with tragedy and even day-to-day life and perhaps how that changes as we grow older.
When I was young, I never cried or made much of a fuss, but these days, I get teary-eyed at the slightest thing. A sad scene in a film, thinking about my family so far away for so many years, for people I have lost and for the pressure that comes from not knowing what the future holds.
Can you remember the last thing that set you off? Write about something true and painful, about when you were sad, but above all, leave nothing out, be honest. Write it for yourself, but remember this exercise next time you want to write a sad scene.