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Rather than focus only on plot events as you write scenes, try purposely pairing characters that you normally wouldn’t put together in a scene.
The last couple of articles I’ve written have focused on grammar and punctuation. On rules. And while learning rules is important, sometimes we need to focus on other writing concerns. Sometimes we need to immerse ourselves in the power of our passions. Just recently I was dramatically reminded of this need once again. PBS stations in the […]
Lack of conflict between characters and lack of emotion-inducing scenes for readers will make stories flat, boring, and tedious. Discover why conflict and emotion are so important to fiction.
Tips for writing romantic love, for showing characters falling in love.
Include anticipation in your stories to keep readers turning pages and involved with possible outcomes for your characters.
A reminder to layer on the emotional hits so the reader will feel them. Use knockout lines or zingers when that works for a scene, but don’t be hesitant about pushing, about hitting the emotional button again and again.
Use celebrations and holidays in your stories to make characters real, to tap into emotional moments in a character’s life.
Unfamiliar situations and places can be disconcerting for any of us. But the unfamiliar and stressful can be great for creating character unease and increasing tension.
Characters who don’t react are cold and distant, and their lack of reaction keeps readers at a distance. Engage readers by using character reaction to stir readers’ emotions.
We know that to engage readers, our fiction should touch them emotionally. But how do we guarantee that our writing touches readers on an emotional level? We use techniques that produce emotional responses.