Emotion. It’s the heart of any story, fiction or otherwise. Stories trigger emotions in their readers; joy, fear, excitement, sadness, nostalgia….
Likely, the reader’s emotions will be a reflection of the emotions displayed in the book. As such, writing our characters, making them believable, relatable and real, means getting to the heart of their feelings.
That age-old writing advice, show don’t tell, is vital here. Consider the following:
‘He was sad.’
‘She ran in fear.’
‘I was so excited!’
Does it evoke any emotion in you? Likely not. So if you’re going show emotion in your story, here are the things you need to consider.
They say write what you know, and this is certainly helpful when it comes to emotions. Throughout our lives we’ll have felt an array of emotion, positive and negative. Draw from your personal experiences. The internal sensations, the impact on your…
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