Daily Writing Tip 19 of 100, Writing About Emotion

For one hundred days, I’m going to post a writing tip each day. I have a whole bookshelf full of writing books and I want to do some reading and increased studying of this valuable resource. This will help me keep track of anything I’ve learned, and help motivate me to keep going. If anyone has a favorite tip of their own to add, contact me. I’d love to put it up here.

Today’s tip – Writing About Emotion

Source – Creating Character Emotions by Ann Hood

When we copy a writerly voice, we put up a barrier between us and the emotions of our characters. As a result, the readers get filtered versions of emotion instead of real interpretations and an honest and an honest rendering of them.

So my first piece of advice is to write like yourself. until you do that, you will not be able to invoke emotion – and therefore character – effectively.

We have all read stilted prose that seems to be a feeble attempt to copy the latest blockbuster. When asked, the author will answer, “Well that’s what all the editors are looking for. That’s what’s selling nowadays.”

Pretty lame excuse – it’s supposed to be your own blood you are spilling across the page.