When a book causes tears to run down your cheeks due to emotional turmoil involving the main character, it’s obtained one of its goals. A good goal. A book needs to grab the reader, pull them in, and not let them go until the last page. A well written book evokes emotions in its readers.
I just read “Point of Retreat” by Colleen Hoover. My emotions flew all over the board. I became so angry at the main character I wanted to choke her. I cried, and I don’t mean a tear welled in my eye, I mean they streamed down my face, in more than one place in the book. And, right when I felt I couldn’t take anymore and neither could the characters, I got smacked with one more thing not going their way. I actually cussed at the author! Then, I smiled, and said “Well done Colleen Hoover, well done.” This, to me, is an excellent example of evoking emotion in your reader. (Note: If you’re interested in reading this book, read “Slammed” first. It’s the beginning of the storyline.)
We all know there’s a lot of information concerning writing, some good, some not so good. There are blogs, articles, books on outlining, plot, characters, genres and non fiction. What surprises me, is that I haven’t seen much information on creating emotion. I believe this is an extremely important key ingredient to the recipe.
What do you think?
Until Next Time…