DramaMasks“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.” ~Robert Frost

Any literate person can write about growing up, or falling in love, or the death of a child, or a divorce, or fighting in a war. They can explain what happened, take you to the place with visual details, and tell you how it affected them. You can read it, maybe learn something, but when you’re finished you turn the page and move on. Why? Because the piece never engaged your emotions. This week in #litchat WritingWednesday we’re discussing how to write emotion into your characters and scenes without resorting to clichés and melodrama. Listed below are ten resources for writing emotion in fiction.

Real Emotions Delivered By Stealth
Ben Marcus, The Wall Street Journal

Understanding the Role of Emotion: 5 Ways it Can Help You
Rachelle Gardner, Rachelle Gardner.com

Writing Effective Grief in Fiction: 5 Ideas for Writers
Chuck Sambuchino, Writer’s Digest

Make Them Laugh, Make Them Cry
Shirley Jump, Shirley Jump.com

Writing With Emotion
Diana Raab, Diana’s Notebook

Laurence O’Bryan on Writing With Emotional Hooks
Laurence O’Bryan, Writing.ie

Character Emotion: Is it Written All Over Their Face?
Angela Ackerman, Write To Done

Emotional Complexity in Literary Fiction
Edward Coles, Story in Literary Fiction

Creating Emotion in the Reader
Beth Hill, The Editor’s Blog

Writing Emotional Scenes Without Melodrama
Anne Marble, Writing-World.com

Body Language Cheat Sheet
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Read the chatscript from this session of #litchat here.