Severe emotional shock strikes us with a one-two-three punch. When you dissect them, you will see that all emotions, from the mildest to the strongest, affect us both physically and mentally in a 1-2-3 order:
- Initial gut reaction
- Flash of mental processing
- Body language, expression, etc.
When we write mild reactions, it’s unnecessary to offer too many emotional descriptions because mild is boring.
But if you want to emphasize the chemistry between two characters, good or bad, strong gut reactions on the part of your protagonist are a good way to do so.
I often use examples of simple emotions from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. The prose has power despite the fact it was written a century ago.
About The Great Gatsby, via Wikipedia:
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