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7 Tips for Writing Emotion Into Your Story

Have you ever finished reading a book and walked away feeling nothing? No attachment to the characters, no joy in their success or sadness in their failings.

As a writer, this is one of my biggest fears. What if somebody reads my book and feels no emotion towards it? That’s about as large of a failure as most writers can imagine.

So how do we avoid this pitfall? How do we write emotions into our story? A difficult question, since “emotion” is a rather slippery word that is hard to define and even harder to teach people. But I think it's a question worth exploring. Ready? Okay, here we go: 
7 Tips for Writing Emotion Into Your Story
1. Ask yourself why your reader should care. Before you start trying to write an emotionally engaging story, you have to know why it’s important that your readers are engaged. While the answer “Because if they aren’t engaged they won’t like my book and then I’ll never sell my stories” is a very profound and noble response, you’ll want to dig a bit deeper. Why should they care? What will they take from it? We didn’t feel sympathy for Faramir because he was in an unfair position. We were touched by his story because we witnessed that somebody can stay kind and brave through bad situations. We cheer on Black Widow, not because her past was hard, but because we like seeing that people can correct and rise above their mistakes. Do you see where I’m going with this?