Contemporary romance author Jane Porter shares some essential lessons on emotional writing for aspiring authors.
Writing women’s fiction is about writing stories that are relevant to our women readers. According to Donald Maass, in Writing the Breakout Novel, today’s readers want an authentic experience. So if many modern-day readers expect to live the story through the mind of the character, than its our job as writers is to make the experience as real as possible. We must infuse our characters with depth and emotional integrity.
Last August in New Zealand I attended an all day seminar given by Christopher Vogler. It was an amazing session and he talked about how people are always looking for meaning in life, and how we especially look for it in stories. Readers crave stories that help them sense of life. Readers want to connect emotionally and spiritually.
So how do we write emotion? How do we show rather than tell?
I. KNOW YOUR CRAFT
There are six different techniques for conveying emotion in fiction writing:
1. Stating emotion - The easiest means of adding emotion to a story is for the narrator to simply state the character's emotion.