Wednesday, March 31, 2010


Cry Ellen Hart writes:

I admit it. I like books that make me cry. In fact, if an author is able to successfully tug at my emotions, it’s more likely that I’ll recommend the book to others.

Wed Burning Question How about you? When you set out to write a novel, do you intend to leave people with a specific emotion? Is emotion important in your writing? Reading?


Laura DiSilverio said...

Great question! I definitely write to generate emotion. One of the trickeist aspects of that, I think, is the realization that your readers emotions don't necessarily mirror the characters' emotions. For a great "how to" on that subject, pick up the screenwriting book WRITING FOR EMOTIONAL IMPACT by Karl Iglesias.

Esri Rose said...

Hmmm... I think I'm trying to make people laugh and think. If I included some car chases and explosions, I might make some money.

nancy martin said...

Thanks for this book suggestion, Laura. Sounds like a good one.

I just finished reading Kate Atkinson's WHEN WILL THERE BE GOOD NEWS, and I ached for all of the characters! It was really an emotionally gripping read. As a reader, I find that's the one quality that lifts a book out of the ordinary.

Great topic, Ellen!

Chaz said...

I want to be excited, nervous for the heroine, and have mixed emotions about the criminals. What I don't want is those parts that seem pro forma (I skip over them, like certain fight scenes, unnecessary back story --I know there must be some, otherwise the clues stand out too much.) If there is landscape or touristy stuff, which I do like, it should also add emotional texture. Crying is good, too.