Here’s another article that you should keep under your belt when you’re writing. Keep in mind those emotions that usually grip us at — what could seem — strategic moments in our daily lives making our own stories an interesting roller-coaster ride in themselves. Try to remember some of those key moments in your life and put them to paper to use in your stories to keep emotions real and alive.
I love these kinds of articles that jog your mind. My reaction is always, “Wow. I was so busy writing my story that I forgot that using emotion is crucial to any story.” Readers either want to relive emotions they have felt before or want to experience emotions they would hope never to have to go through and live vicariously through another so that they can get that understanding without hurting themselves.
In short, a reader wants to lose themselves in some other story! Anger, sadness, frustration, elation, love, apathy, fear — they want to feel all of those things through your characters.
It’s a another part of show, don’t tell — let your readers feel, don’t tell them how they should be feeling.
Well, folks, I’m off to write some notes and must remember to do this in my own writing.