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.
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