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Writing emotional scenes can be difficult both for beginners and more experienced writers. The secret to writing emotive scenes is to build them up by working them into the plot so that the momentum is always building. Creating emotive scenes allows the writer to make the character react in an over-the-top way to certain situations.

Example: If your character overreacts and causes drama. Instead of displaying grief or outrage at the emotional turmoil. Show the reader that he’s grieving and doesn’t accept his loss – write scenes that show the character’s pain, via his thoughts and actions. Perhaps he cannot accept the loss and is in disbelief before he can finally accept it and move on. There will be a period of quiet which is thought-provoking, and which will pull the reader in – a simple tear running down your character’s face and an air of melancholy should do the trick.

Helping the reader identify with your character.

If your character is a horrible type of person, this can help the reader feel anger or hatred towards him/her. If your character is likable, the reader will identify with that character through the choices, habits or dreams of that character. When writing emotive scenes, you are trying to reach the readers emotions. You want the reader to invest in your character, so there needs to be a tie between the character and the reader – you want them to feel for that character.

If you are planning to set up your characters towards emotional pain, then your reader has every right to take that journey with you. The reader wants to see what your character will do, and how they will feel when facing painful obstacles. Let those emotions free. Frustration can drive a plot forward – a rising sense of irritation when things don’t go according to plan. Consider how your character will react at the point of distraction:

  • Depressed

  • Tears

  • Anger

  • Considers giving up

  • Hardens their resolve

  • Argue

  • Confide in friends

  • Blame themselves

Also consider the impact this has on other characters too and their consequences. Frustration can extend the plot and add a new layer of perspective that increases the character’s ability to grow substantially. It is how your character reacts and overcomes the many obstacles that determines their true personality.

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