Breathe Life Into Your Writing

Have you ever read a​ passage and felt the​ breath of​ life,​ then was too speechless to​ describe it? That’s writing at​ its best. the​ method for creating such a​ moment comes from the​ use of​ emotions. Emotions are one of​ the​ single most important,​ touching,​ impressive and non-intrusive writing tools. it​ is​ often not recognized as​ a​ concrete tool,​ but as​ a​ feeling,​ a​ stirring,​ a​ capturing that catches the​ reader up in​ the​ fictive state.

My aim is​ to​ take the​ mystery out of​ it. Break it​ down and make it​ easy for you. I want to​ shorten the​ learning curve for conquering this bestseller-kind-of writing. When you set your scene do not describe it​ separate from the​ protagonist’s thoughts,​ feeling,​ observations,​ analysis. if​ we​ know how the​ protagonist feels about the​ description,​ the​ situation,​ we’ll experience it​ also. Feelings make us remember a​ character,​ a​ story,​ a​ plot long after the​ last page is​ closed. Good emotional impact resonates because you have felt what the​ character felt. On the​ other hand,​ description apart from your character’s feelings and observations are impersonal and cold,​ no matter how detailed and colorful they are. in​ other words,​ find smooth ways to​ integrate your character’s feelings into the​ description. Here are three examples:

THE MAYOR’S WIFE by Martha Tucker—Indigo is​ in​ the​ hospital after she finds out her husband is​ dead. “Life,​ death,​ acceptance,​ rejection,​ ability to​ feel it​ and inability to​ bear it. She turned her face to​ the​ cool white wall and her body curled into a​ fetal position. She pleaded with God to​ return her to​ the​ state of​ unconsciousness. Devastation only comes to​ those who are conscious.

Something twisted her heart like a​ wringer. She turned back to​ the​ doctor to​ face what he had to​ say,​ not sure that this moment wasn't still a​ dream. When he answered,​ her throat hurled a​ howl.


The scream took her mind to​ a​ place that didn’t hurt so much as​ she felt the​ sting of​ a​ nurse’s needle.

This is​ the​ description could have been written separate from her EMOTIONS. Just a​ straight description of​ her in​ the​ hospital room. Indigo lay in​ the​ cool white bed. Everything around her was white. She turned to​ the​ doctor and stared,​ waiting for him to​ answer. He spoke in​ a​ deep voice and told her that her husband didn't make it. She screamed loud.

THE END JUSTIFIES the​ MEANS by T.H. Moore. in​ reaction to​ a​ ruckus his mother and father are having: Jalen balled his body in​ his arms and tightened his blanket,​ hoping she would just stop talking. What is​ she doing? Jalen sprang up and glared at​ the​ closed door…A blood-curdling scream jerked him out of​ bed like he’d been stung by a​ bee. His feet barely touched the​ carpet as​ he tore down the​ stairs. He froze at​ the​ sight.

Moore could have just described the​ dark room,​ the​ warm blanket and the​ yelling voice that stole in​ under the​ door.

THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Here is​ how the​ master did it,​ and it​ has lasted well over 50 years—“Now it​ was a​ cool night,​ with that mysterious excitement in​ it​ which comes at​ the​ two changes of​ the​ year. the​ quiet lights in​ the​ houses were humming out into the​ darkness and there was a​ stir and bustle among the​ stars. Out of​ the​ corner of​ his eye Gatsby saw that the​ blocks of​ the​ sidewalk really formed a​ ladder and mounted to​ a​ secret place above the​ trees—he could climb to​ it,​ if​ he climbed it​ alone,​ and once there,​ he could suck the​ pap of​ life,​ gulp down the​ uncomparable milk of​ wonder.

His heart beat faster and faster as​ Daisy’s white face came up to​ his own. He knew that when he kissed this girl,​ and forever wed his unutterable vision to​ her perishable breath,​ his mind would never romp again like the​ mind of​ God. So he waited,​ listening for a​ moment longer to​ the​ tuning fork that had been stuck upon a​ star. Then he kissed her. at​ his lips’ touch she blossomed for him like a​ flower and the​ incarnation was complete.”

Scott Fitzgerald interpreted his setting,​ the​ feelings of​ his young manhood,​ of​ the​ night,​ the​ life of​ it,​ the​ forever endearing kiss.

Now,​ it’s your turn to​ describe your favorite scene and lace it​ with emotions. if​ you’re going to​ be a​ bestseller-kind-of author,​ then you need to​ practice writing with emotions.

The End

You are welcome to​ publish this article in​ its entirety,​ electronically,​ or​ in​ print free of​ charge,​ as​ long as​ you include my full signature file for ezines and my website address in​ hyperlink for other sites.,​

Thank you.
Martha “Marti” Tucker

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