August 15th, 2012

ISeeYou2
  • mbarker

Writing Excuses 7.33: Authentic Emotion

Writing Excuses 7.33: Authentic Emotion

From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/08/12/writing-excuses-7-33-authentic-emotion/

Key Points: How do you fake an emotion? Make faces -- i.e., method writing! Think of times when you have felt analogous emotions. Convey the physical reactions that go with the emotion to the reader. Background music. Use sounds and other senses to convey resonant, visceral details. Pay attention to focus, what the character notices, breath, how long they linger on something, and muscle, internal motivation. What the character pays attention to, how long they think about it, and what makes them notice it. Authentic emotion means the character is consistent, and has good reasons for their emotions. Changing emotions need to be plausible, to make sense to the reader. Be careful to model how people really react, not overdo it. Let your characters have a range of emotional reactions, not just one.
Collapse )
[Mary] Ah. Take a scene. Describe a setting. Then go back and describe that same setting with three different emotional states. One, your character is happy. One, they are angry. One, they are frightened. You may not use any emotion words, like anger, happy, or frightened.
[Brandon] This has been Writing Excuses. You're out of excuses, now go write.
  • Current Mood
    blank