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Have you ever read a passage and felt the breath of life, then was too
speechless to describe it? That’s writing at its best. The method for
creating such a moment comes from the use of emotions. Emotions are one
of the single most important, touching, impressive and non-intrusive
writing tools. It is often not recognized as a concrete tool, but as a
feeling, a stirring, a capturing that catches the reader up in the
fictive state.

My aim is to take the mystery out of it. B...


Keywords:
novel, emotions, living words, Great Gatsby, The Mayor\\\\\\\'s Wife Wore
Sapphires,


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Have you ever read a passage and felt the breath of life, then was too
speechless to describe it? That’s writing at its best. The method for
creating such a moment comes from the use of emotions. Emotions are one
of the single most important, touching, impressive and non-intrusive
writing tools. It is often not recognized as a concrete tool, but as a
feeling, a stirring, a capturing that catches the reader up in the
fictive state.

My aim is to take the mystery out of it. Break it down and make it easy
for you. I want to shorten the learning curve for conquering this
bestseller-kind-of writing. When you set your scene do not describe it
separate from the protagonist’s thoughts, feeling, observations,
analysis. If we know how the protagonist feels about the description, the
situation, we’ll experience it also. Feelings make us remember a
character, a story, a plot long after the last page is closed. Good
emotional impact resonates because you have felt what the character felt.
On the other hand, description apart from your character’s feelings and
observations are impersonal and cold, no matter how detailed and colorful
they are. In other words, find smooth ways to integrate your character’s
feelings into the description. Here are three examples:

THE MAYOR’S WIFE by Martha Tucker—Indigo is in the hospital after she
finds out her husband is dead. “Life, death, acceptance, rejection,
ability to feel it and inability to bear it. She turned her face to the
cool white wall and her body curled into a fetal position. She pleaded
with God to return her to the state of unconsciousness. Devastation only
comes to those who are conscious.
Something twisted her heart like a wringer. She turned back to the doctor
to face what he had to say, not sure that this moment wasn't still a
dream. When he answered, her throat hurled a howl.

“Aaaaaaaa!”

The scream took her mind to a place that didn’t hurt so much as she felt
the sting of a nurse’s needle.

This is the description could have been written separate from her
EMOTIONS. Just a straight description of her in the hospital room. Indigo
lay in the cool white bed. Everything around her was white. She turned to
the doctor and stared, waiting for him to answer. He spoke in a deep
voice and told her that her husband didn't make it. She screamed loud.

THE END JUSTIFIES THE MEANS by T.H. Moore. In reaction to a ruckus his
mother and father are having: Jalen balled his body in his arms and
tightened his blanket, hoping she would just stop talking. What is she
doing? Jalen sprang up and glared at the closed door…A blood-curdling
scream jerked him out of bed like he’d been stung by a bee. His feet
barely touched the carpet as he tore down the stairs. He froze at the
sight.

Moore could have just described the dark room, the warm blanket and the
yelling voice that stole in under the door.

THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Here is how the master did it,
and it has lasted well over 50 years—“Now it was a cool night, with that
mysterious excitement in it which comes at the two changes of the year.
The quiet lights in the houses were humming out into the darkness and
there was a stir and bustle among the stars. Out of the corner of his eye
Gatsby saw that the blocks of the sidewalk really formed a ladder and
mounted to a secret place above the trees—he could climb to it, if he
climbed it alone, and once there, he could suck the pap of life, gulp
down the uncomparable milk of wonder.

His heart beat faster and faster as Daisy’s white face came up to his
own. He knew that when he kissed this girl, and forever wed his
unutterable vision to her perishable breath, his mind would never romp
again like the mind of God. So he waited, listening for a moment longer
to the tuning fork that had been stuck upon a star. Then he kissed her.
At his lips’ touch she blossomed for him like a flower and the
incarnation was complete.”

Scott Fitzgerald interpreted his setting, the feelings of his young
manhood, of the night, the life of it, the forever endearing kiss.

Now, it’s your turn to describe your favorite scene and lace it with
emotions. If you’re going to be a bestseller-kind-of author, then you
need to practice writing with emotions.

The End
You are welcome to publish this article in its entirety, electronically,
or in print free of charge, as long as you include my full signature file
for ezines and my website address in hyperlink for other sites.

bestsellercircle@zinester.com,
www.urbanclassicbooks.com

Thank you.
Martha “Marti” Tucker

				
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