Saturday, April 5, 2014

E is for Emotions

Writing emotions can be hard, but it's vital if you want your reader to care about your main characters.

When you are editing your work think about what you want your readers to feel at different points during the story? How do you want your reader to feel when they finish reading? 

How do the characters in the story feel about what is happening? What type of person is your character? What would he or she would do when faced with the situation you're writing about? What's your characters body language like when they are happy or upset? Are your descriptions consistent and believable.

I've found the following resources extremely helpful.

Although this isn't a writing book I found it incrediably useful. 
'A Woman in Your Own Right Assertiveness and You' Anne Dickson

Another great book is 'Writing with Emotion, Tension, & Conflict' by Cheryl St. John 

Fellow writer and blogger Lane Swift ( swears by her copy of 'The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Expression' by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi.

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  1. Interesting....I chose E is for Editing :) Nice to see you're doing this blogging challenge too.

  2. it's the body language I find tricky to keep consistent. Thanks for another good resource ;)
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  3. Looks like some good resources there! Thanks!

  4. It's funny, I just wrote a scene yesterday (I'm doing Camp Nanowrimo) and I was definitely thinking about what I wanted the reader to be feeling as I wrote it, and considering how to increase the tension and emotional impact. Thanks for the suggestions of books, they look so helpful!

  5. Some great suggestions here, I'm going to look into some of the books. I followed your comment on my blog at

    Thanks again

  6. Thanks so much for all the comments and help x

  7. Interesting looking books. Gonna have to check them out.

    Rhi // Welsh Bloggers

  8. Thanks for the recommendations!

  9. I think the bit of trying to get the emotions across to the reader can definitely be the trickiest.

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  10. Hi,

    I look forward to checking out more of your advice.

  11. I also wrote about emotions for E...although in a slightly different guise!

  12. I will check out those books, thanks.

  13. Thank you for having visited my blog! This is great advice. When writing I always want to make sure the emotion I want the characters to have comes through clearly and realistically to a reader. Without it, how can they ever be relatable?

    LittleCely's Blog.

  14. I definitely needs emotions in my books. Since I am romance book reader, they are key. However, I am really picky about how emotions are stated. I totally LOATHE when the author simply writes what the protagonist is feeling rather than being talented enough to write and describe the situation well enough for the reader to make that determination on their own. Basically, I don't like to be told that the protagonist is mad. Instead, describe the situation, what she is looking like and I promise you, the reader can deduct all by themselves that she is mad. Do you know what I mean? Sometimes I am sure I am not explaining that correctly.

  15. Thank you for stopping by Tales of a Pee Dee Mama.
    As a wanna-be writer, I think I need to get a copy of 'Writing with Emotion, Tension, & Conflict.' I definitely want emotions to come across as being realistic in my writing.

  16. Heeeeeyooooo! I made it! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. I really do appreciate it. Not to mention the Follow/Connect. I feel a lot of people don't take the time to reply to comments and blog hop during this challenge (or ever), which is pretty much the point of it all.

    I haven't touched much fiction writing since March (2013 that is...), but one thing I ultimately attempt to convey accurately is my character's emotions. I never really know how I'm doing at it, but my goal is to place the reader in the character, which can be challenging.

    Never read or heard of any of those books suggested. Can't say I can grab em now, but will keep an eye out. Thanks for sharing the recommendations!

    I would also recommend turning off the CAPTCHA for those commenting :)

    Jak at The Cryton Chronicles & Dreams in the Shade of Ink

    1. Fingers crossed CAPTCHA is off - i'm sure it's turning itself back on...

  17. I chose E for Elation. I am going to buy copies of both the books you have mentioned in this post. I need to get the emotions right in my stories.