Wednesday, April 6, 2011

E is for Emotion

I took a class on Emotion in Writing by Carol Lynch Williams. She told us that your writing needs to touch your reader. How do you do that? You make the character real. Write your character's history. Give them quirks that make them unique. As you are writing, borrow emotion from yourself. Ask yourself how you would feel in a situation and give your character those feelings. Use the senses. How would things look, sound, feel, smell, and taste. Here is a link to a list of descriptive words for these senses - .

Ask yourself why the reader is reading your book. Williams says that teens read to find out who they are. They want a book that will speak to them. In conclusion, she said, good writing is about telling the truth.

Strengthen your characters and scenes with emotion. Your story will be better for it.


CL Beck, author said...

Good advice. Sometimes we shy away from writing in the emotion because it makes us ... well ... emotional! :)

By the way, thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting on "The Brain Drain." Glad you enjoyed it!

Rebecca said...

Amen! Emotion in writing is the thing that affects me the most. If I don't feel what the characters are feeling, I haven't gotten much out of the book.

But man, good emotion can be draining to write!

Word verification is: reweept. As in, "If I used my Twitter account, I'd reweept this post." (I've been having fun with word verifs lately.)

franklycreative said...

I love the way that Carol Lynch Williams can evoke emotion in a reader.

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