By: Anthony Ehlers
One of the mistakes we make as writers is confusing sentimental writing with emotional writing. The former is decorating the proverbial chocolate box; the latter is discovering that someone ate the last chocolate in the box.
We want readers to empathize with our characters and their situation. We want to create that emotional connection between character, narrative and reader. That connection must be so strong and immediate that the readers see themselves in the character’s life as it plays out on the page.
Find a specific character’s truth
Emotion must serve the story and the character. It should never be an attempt to manipulate a response from your reader.
For me, mawkish or flowery writing weakens that bond and diffuses the energy of a scene. It seems to try too hard by overstating the emotions, rather than digging deeper - to the character, their environment and conflict.
Don’t cry for me, dear reader…
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