My main writing craft education for February came from one intensive, time-consuming, but AMAZING class. And below is just the highlights of what I learned.
From Empowering Characters' Emotions by Margie Lawson:
- Every component of a scene can carry emotion.
- White space is a writer's BFF.
- Visceral emotion by the POV character has a LOT of power when used when it counts. It is, in fact, the strongest reader hook. But it should be used sparingly.
- Showing body language (in a creative way) is a great way to deepen your characters' emotional response.
- Cadence is more important than you think.
- If you have showing and telling in the same sentence, try cutting the telling part.
- Include power words where needed - and backload (end a sentence or paragraph with one) when you can.
- Lips can show more emotion than eyes.
- Write fresh (avoid cliches!)
- Be sure the scene is set (and your characters are clothed!).
- Make sure you don't have too much internalization.
- Have lots of tension and conflict.
- Make sure your characters' emotions come across as authentic to the reader.
- ALWAYS read your scenes out loud.
- Use all the senses.
Watch for my March "Writing Craft Recap" post, where I'll be sharing details on my CURRENT Margie Lawson class - "Deep Editing: the EDITS system, Rhetorical Devices, and More!"
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