WHEN LIFE TOUCHES YOU…… Emotions into Fiction

I once read a quotation that when life touches you, poems appear like bruises.  It always stayed with me, and I often found that sometimes I needed to write a poem, rather than prose, when I was deeply affected.  I have written a book of poems, called “Woman of Jerusalem”; and also have mixed poetry in with my prose in various novels I have written (such as “Esther” published by HCI in Florida, USA).

When you are writing a novel, emotion is the heartbeat, the pulse and soul of all fiction. It creates tension and suspense and provides the reader with a luxurious, therapeutic outlet which life usually denies him.  When I am writing, I aim for the heart!


The primary/major emotions are almost instinctive – Fear.  Hope.  Hate.  Love. Anger. Joy. . Grief. Pity.  The secondary ones can be categorised as jealousy; self-pity; loneliness; ambition; greed; vanity, courage; humility; despair; loyalty; gratitude; disappointment; inferiority; envy; pride; suspicion; revenge; shame; guilt.


Because emotions are abstract, they can be made more understandable if you compare them to concrete objects, using similes, metap;hors and symbolism.  For exsample, you can describe Hope as a beacon of light in a storm-blackened night; or a crocus poking its head through the snow; or the budding of a long-dormant seemingly dead tree.  The art of writing is all about the inspiration of the moment and the excitement of riding the wave of an idea.  We can induce emotion through a character’s viewpoint; through dialogue; action or a physical description.  Give all your characters a voice and imagine you are listening to them talking to each other – their accents, tone of voice when anxious or angry. Register how voices change in conversation.


Readers like to be touched by a story.  Writers and readers know that fictional events aren’t real, but the emotions can be.  They can feel fear or joy, be excited, know grief or show a character’s emotions through his actions.  Your hero/heroine must be believable, so that the reader wants to be that character.  Don’t hold back. Let go of your inhibitions and write emotion-evoking scenes.  That way, the memory of your book will linger long after the final page is closed.


I enjoy your comments.  If you want any of my books, contact me directly –

dwaysman@gmail.com  I’ll also be happy to help you if you are having any writing problems with your own work.  Happy writing!


2 thoughts on “WHEN LIFE TOUCHES YOU…… Emotions into Fiction

  1. Dorothy OBrien says:

    Dearest Dvora

    Thank you for your latest post. It hopefully heralds the fact of a complete return to your excellent health?

    I believe you must have a defunct email so I was most anxious not to have heard from you regarding the flowers, but I have been receiving regular updates from Bobbie. Given your almost immediate response to emails it seemed so counter-intuitive not to have heard from you. The fact of receiving emails from Israel in Hebrew did not aid the communication of their safe delivery to you. I so hope they aided in your recovery, knowing that I wanted to acknowledge the importance of your presence in my life and the immeasurable given to it.

    Currently emailing you from Brisbane airport about to board the plane for Melbourne and taking Bobbie and Nick’s daughter to lunch at Heidi Art Gallery and tomorrow we are going to the convent for breakfast and the markets which Bobbie loves. It is Mothers Day in Australia and always have my heart engaged in attempting to reduce Bobbie’s anguish over Max. We are agreed that it is unlikely to be satisfactorily resolved and I am equally sad for Max in this regard.

    If you would like to send an email to Bobbie in the next 24 hours I will enjoy to deliver it for you. I even have an earlier iPad which I live in hope that Bobbie might adopt …..

    With love always and PLEASE take very good care of yourself. Your preciousness to me is beyond words. Dorothy xx

    Sent from my iPad


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