Chris’s question this week is:
How are writers able to capture true emotions within their writing?
We may write reality…and reality within non-real/fictional worlds…but
our characters need to feel/read real which includes emotions. Hence the
Here’s my reply:
Before I write a story, I try to view the series of events in my imagination, like a movie. I identify with the various characters and try to feel things from their perspective, getting to know them as if they are real people.
If I can draw on personal experience, I remember and mentally reproduce the emotion so I can apply it to my character’s situation.
My dreams are often very vivid and when I wake up, I still feel the emotion that I’ve felt in my dream. Obviously, I can’t be sure the way I’m reacting is exactly the same as it would be if I’d really experienced the incident but if it’s something I haven’t already experienced, it’s as close as I can get and I harness that feeling to describe my characters’ feelings.
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