Conference 2011 - Getting emotion on the page
Report published 23 September 2011
Fiona Harper: Getting Emotion on the Page…and then keeping it there.
Our aim is to use our writing toolkit to elicit the right level of the right emotion at the right time.
- A unique story world full of familiar emotions.
- Identify and tap into the universal emotion in your story.
- Universal does not mean generic
Characters you know…
- Readers want believable, authentic, consistent characters!
- Dig deep and then build your characters from the inside out.
- Tailor-made emotional responses.
- Know the emotional journey your characters are going to go on.
- Complete the character arc! Don’t leave your characters half-cooked.
- Challenge who your character thinks they are!
The emotion is in the detail
- Details add richness.
- Choose wisely.
- Make sure the details you have included don’t work against the mood.
Set it up!
- Character traits and reactions.
- Don’t slow the pace by stopping to explain.
- Setting up turning points.
- Setting up the romance.
- Setting up a satisfying ending.
What lies beneath - Using subtext:
Don’t pull the plug yourself! With:
- OTT emotion
- Too much too soon.
- Emotional Ping-Pong.
- Emotional incontinence.
- Why? Why? Why?
Written by RayAnne Lutener