The Emotional Craft of Fiction: How to Write the Story Beneath the Surface

October 15, 2019 - Comment

Engage Your Readers with Emotion While writers might disagree over showing versus telling or plotting versus pantsing, none would argue this: If you want to write strong fiction, you must make your readers feel. The reader’s experience must be an emotional journey of its own, one as involving as your characters’ struggles, discoveries, and triumphs

Engage Your Readers with Emotion

While writers might disagree over showing versus telling or plotting versus pantsing, none would argue this: If you want to write strong fiction, you must make your readers feel. The reader’s experience must be an emotional journey of its own, one as involving as your characters’ struggles, discoveries, and triumphs are for you.

That’s where The Emotional Craft of Fiction comes in. Veteran literary agent and expert fiction instructor Donald Maass shows you how to use story to provoke a visceral and emotional experience in readers. Topics covered include:emotional modes of writingbeyond showing versus tellingyour story’s emotional worldmoral stakesconnecting the inner and outer journeysplot as emotional opportunitiesinvoking higher emotions, symbols, and emotional languagecascading changestory as emotional mirrorpositive spirit and magnanimous writingthe hidden current that makes stories moveReaders can simply read a novel…or they can experience it. The Emotional Craft of Fiction shows you how to make that happen.

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Anonymous says:

The Single Most Distinctive Writing Book I’ve Ever Read I’ve been a professional writer since ’72, and have been reading how-to books on writing (and taking classes) to improve my craft, for nearly as long. Over this long time, I have quite literally never come across a book like this before. Don Maass, a New York literary agent, writes about how to evoke emotional responses in readers – not in characters (though he covers that, too). Instead, he makes the case that having characters experience emotions doesn’t always trigger that in readers (in…

Anonymous says:

Sexist descriptions content not helpful A lot of extraneous material.His descriptions and attitude towards different kinds of fiction and women’s lit are offensive.This writer must not be a reader of Joyce Carol Oates and Carson McCullers, J.R. Ward, and Laurel l K. Hamilton. Women who write very different types of fiction, all of which doesn’s contain unicorns and rainbows.” Literary fiction can be the driest reading experience of all. Strong writing doesn’t automatically produce strong feelings.”…

Anonymous says:

First with your head, then with your heart. After being told for years that I should “just sit down write a novel”, I decided to do just that; sit down and write a novel. Surprise! It doesn’t work like that–although in my Aspie brain I was certain that it worked like that for every other writer on the planet and I was just intrinsically, and irreparably, lacking.Surely, I thought, there must be a book or two on how to write books? I can’t possibly be the only person in the world who can’t pound out best-selling…

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