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How to write emotions and feelings

Another very welcome re-blog from Roz Morris :-)

Nail Your Novel

2489998092_a7374b8f7c_zI’ve had a request from EJ Runyon (who you might recognise as an Undercover Soundtrack contributor). She’s asked me, quite simply, to talk about writing emotions and feelings.

Emotions and feelings are the nucleus of a story. The whizziest plot events will have nil impact unless they matter to a character – and to us.

Put the other way round, a character’s feelings about an event are as important as what happens. And this emotional tide is the force that sweeps the reader out of their own world and binds them into the story.

So how do we communicate these emotions?

Here’s a big hint: don’t be guided by movies.

I say this because many writers unconsciously learn from movie storytelling. That’s good in many ways – a lot of us get an innate sense for structure and pace from movies. But movies are not a good model for…

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2 responses to “How to write emotions and feelings

  1. Roz Morris @Roz_Morris June 8, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    And another thank-you note from me!


    • Alexander M Zoltai June 8, 2017 at 4:55 pm

      And, yet another realization that you would not have thanked me if you had not first written that post :-)


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