11 09

How to write a sentence with emotion

* Note: These techniques can also be used successfully to accomplish a goal, such as misleading the reader or creating behavior tics for character development, etc. If intentional, these methods aren’t a problem.

Matching the Stimulus and the Response

Every stimulus needs a response. The trick is finding the right response for the situation.

Sometimes a situation will call for a basic response just because the reader needs something to know the character isn’t a robot. As I mentioned last time, if a new character walks into the room, our point-of-view character should react in some way (look up, say “hi,” mentally grumble, etc.). A reader could be confused if the character doesn’t react in any way. The emotional goal for those sections might simply be to avoid a “speed bump” that takes the reader out of the story.


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