SPECIAL CLASS: Showing Emotion

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by Laurie Schnebly Campbell

May 10–21, 2021

Everyone knows how important it is to show rather than tell. But when it comes to showing emotion, that can be…well, tricky. How do you keep from going over the top and making readers roll their eyes? How do you avoid not going far enough and sending their attention downhill with every word? When, if ever, is telling okay? Learn the techniques of conveying emotion for readers of whatever genre you’re writing–and how to find the right balance between plummeting attention, purple prose, and perfection.

  • Determining when/where your readers want to see more emotion
  • Selecting the best words and phrases to use
  • Discovering what works (and doesn’t work) for your genre
  • Choosing the most important emotions to show in your story
  • Seeing whether you’ve gone too far or need still more
  • Deciding when to push harder and when to pull back

Laurie was honored when a friend observed, “For somebody who tends to be pretty low-key about expressing emotion, you had me crying AND laughing harder than I expected while reading your book.” Not everyone agrees on the right amount and intensity of emotion in any story, but you absolutely can find the right blend for your own writing…and show (or sometimes tell) it in ways that leave your readers satisfied.

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