I don't cry a lot. About real life, anyway. I'm a fixer, a trouble-shooter, in my professional and personal life. When things happen, I try to fix it, if I can't...then I accept it and move on. Maybe it comes from being the youngest of six and everyone just expecting me to use tears to get my way. I never did. But I could sure lay out a good argument and convince you that giving me what I wanted was the right thing to do.
My husband can cry on demand. I mean actually command tears on a whim. It's a trick that he has always been able to do and I'm pretty sure got him out of some tight situations as a child. It disturbs and fascinates me.
When it comes to a sad book, or a movie, or hell...a sad commercial, I cry at the drop of a hat. But trying to evoke that emotion in writing is not easy and something I struggle with. When I write a sad scene, I try to envision a sad time in my life so my writing comes from a real place, and the same goes for a lot of the emotions in my manuscripts. Even if the situations are not similar, the emotions are.
How do you handle this? Is there something I'm missing? When you write a sad scene, do you try to recall a sad time so your writing is more authentic?