Subscribe to our FREE email newsletter and download free character development worksheets! Guest Column February 15, The difference between writing emotion and writing feeling is more one of degree than kind. Feeling is emotion that has been habituated and refined; it is understood and can be used deliberately.
AJ writes poetry and wants to bring change to the world in rhythm and rhyme.
You can read his blog and follow him on Twitter AJWagoner. In short stories and novels, fantasy in particular, readers want to be present or transported to the scenes of the story. Sharon Pruitt Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.
Poetry is boned with ideas, nerved and blooded with emotions, all held together by the delicate, tough skin of words. The professor wrecked my poetry world. I will share some of the simple versions with you: Write concrete thoughts and images, not abstract ones. We want to see, hear, smell, taste and feel what you write.
Use the active voice, not the passive voice. We want the subject to do the action, which draws us into the emotions. For the differences between the two, here. Utilize action verbs, not linking verbs. We want to feel the pop of the action, the sizzle to the bacon.
Avoid gerunds the -ing words. Gerunds can hinder the meter and flow of a poem. Avoid adverbs those pesky -ly words. Adverbs can hinder and impede the flow of a poem. They also do not give accurate depictions to the emotions we try to evoke. Use metaphors over similes. Metaphors however can give a better picture of the two objects you compare.
Finally, break the rules, whatever rules you come across, even the ones I shared. Hang the code, hang the rules. How do you accomplish it?
Write something that makes us see, hear, taste, smell, and feel. Write for fifteen minutes. When your time is up, post your practice in the comments section.
And if you post, please be sure to comment on a few practices by other writers. You can follow him on Instagram jhbunting.The difference between writing emotion and writing feeling is more one of degree than kind. Feeling is emotion that has been habituated and refined; it is understood and can be used deliberately.
In my last blog post On Writing Emotion: Avoid These Common Pitfalls, I discussed the reasons explicitly stating emotions weakens your writing. I also promised to write a blog post using the same examples I used then but to show alternatives for writing character emotion.
Evoking Emotions in Readers in a Masterful Way explores how writers must learn to show and tell emotions in characters but also evoke complex emotions in readers.
(evoke one or the other base emotion) 28 Emotions evoked by common words and phrases. Saif Mohammad and Peter Turney. Putting Them Together: Writing Emotion and Feeling. A character changes through the emotions she experiences, the refinement of those emotions into feelings, .
How To Evoke Emotion Through Your Writing Jami Gold is one of my favorite bloggers, and posts like this-- How to Strengthen Emotions in Our Writing --are why. I encourage you to read Jami's entire post, but here's the bit (see below) that resonated with me.