Adding range, depth, and tension to your protagonist’s emotional arc will take your writing to the next level. As the character grows emotionally and learns to adapt and change to succeed and/or survive, the reader takes that journey too. The character stops being a character and becomes a friend.
Why Write Emotions In Layers
Writing in layers is a way to authentically deepen emotions by adding layers of intensity and physiological reaction. Not every scene should wreck your character, but some should. Not everyone reacts to strong emotions the same way. We’re not free to react as we’d like because of time and place, power imbalances, and personal stakes. Adding and removing layers of emotional depth allows you to escalate the tension like a sword through butter.
Shame and Anger
This 5 day e-course looks at two of our most powerful and common secondary emotions and breaks down how to write them well. Shame and anger are complex and come with many layers. Learn how to write these powerful secondary emotions well, and you’ve got the tools to write any emotion with visceral authenticity and impact.
The emotional arc in your story is what grabs readers by the throat, takes them for a heart-pounding ride, and has them demanding to know when the next book is out.
- What are primary and secondary emotions?
- What are emotional triggers and how do they work in fiction?
- Striving to regain emotional control and what that looks like.
- Misdirection – when one emotion is shown outwardly but a variety of others may be behind the outburst or overreaction.
- The many colors of emotion behind shame and anger.
- How to show and not tell emotional stress
- and many other tips…
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