Emotion is the Key

Emotion is the Key

Writing riveting emotion is the key to writing any good fiction story. I thought it would be interesting to do a short series of posts about writing emotion. I hope you enjoy and gain a little insight from them.

While romance and romantic fiction requires what some would suggest is a surplus of emotion, all fiction stories need a certain amount to capture their readers. No matter in which genre a story is written it is emotion which dictates a character’s choices, decisions, actions and words. Without emotion the character’s journey would be meaningless. The plot line of the story would be meaningless. The story would likely be thrown aside before the first couple of chapters have been read.

Particularly with romance stories, the reader is looking for an emotional journey they can take alongside the characters. They want to laugh and cry, get angry, be sad, be stimulated as the characters move through similar emotions. Providing the reader with this experience is not always easy. The often heard advice for novice writers to “show don’t tell” is no more essential than for conveying emotional intensity.

Emotion is expressed in both verbal and non-verbal ways. Dialogue is great for showing a character’s beliefs, opinions and moods, but is not enough to provide the depth necessary to hook the reader. A writer must also use non-verbal gestures and signals to strengthen the writing.

My next post will deal with writing non-verbal expressions of emotion.

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