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.
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.
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!
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.
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