Writer’s Digest online has tons of advice worth repeating. David Morrell, addressed evoking emotion.
“Talking about emotions won’t compel a reader to feel them…the reader must be made to feel the situations in the story, to experience what the character experiences; as a result, just as sequence creates emotion in characters, it will so the same in the reader.”
“Writers can achieve this effect if they take the sense of sight for granted and emphasize the other senses, thus crafting multi-dimensional descriptions and scenes…In this way, the reader becomes immersed in the story, feeling it rather than being told about it.”
Question of the Day
What sensory ideas (beyond sight) come to mind when you think of a current story you are working on? Can you use them to evoke emotion? Send me your best ideas. I’ll share them at a future date.