Tag Archive - Online courses

Mastering Emotion a Must for Fiction Writers

One of the biggest complaints I hear from literary agents is the manuscripts they read fail to move them.

They read terrific plots, steamy romance, and venture into creative sci-fi worlds and they feel nothing. Blah. Boring.

The stories are not engaging them. They are not responding emotionally.

That’s a bad thing. And when your readers feel this way, when they dig into your novel, that’s bad too.

But here’s the thing: getting readers to not only feel something but feel complex emotions, specifically triggered by a writer, takes real talent on that writer’s part. It takes mastery. Continue Reading…

Action That Evokes Emotion in Your Readers

Have you ever read a passage in a novel that made you cry? Stirred up indignation? Real terror? I am often moved by passages I read in both fiction and nonfiction. Masterful writers can wrench emotional reaction from me even with random passages.

We’re told to get readers to bond with our protagonist within the first couple of pages, something few writers can do well. Yes, we might get readers interested in our characters and even riveted by their personalities and actions in the opening scenes, but do we truly care for them? Depending on your genre and story, you might not want readers to care for your protagonist all that much (at the start).

As we grow attached to characters throughout the reading of a great novel, we care more about them. And that makes it easier for emotion to be evoked in us. All along the way, a writer must carefully manipulate readers’ emotion, in a deliberate fashion, to try to get them to feel what he wants them to feel. Continue Reading…

Emotional Mastery – A Must for Fiction Writers

If you don’t master showing and evoking emotion in your fiction, you fail as a writer. It’s as simple as that.

Emotional mastery is essential for fiction writers. Yet, there is hardly any instruction on the topic. A book or two. A blog post here and there. But nothing extensively dealing with two critical skills fiction writers MUST master: how to effectively show emotion in characters and how to powerfully evoke emotion in readers.

This is not easy to learn. Few writers excel in these skills. But those who do—who show and evoke emotion masterfully—write moving stories that are timeless and long remembered.

Think about some of the books you read years ago that have lingered long in your soul. Stories like To Kill a Mockingbird or Gone with the Wind. You know the stories you love and why you love them. They moved you. They changed you. They may have even rocked your world. Continue Reading…

Page 3 of 5«12345»