|Author Dianna Winget
expect your reader to feel what your character is feeling just because you
want them to. Only when emotion is provoked through the circumstances of
the story will your reader feel what you want.
your character’s age, gender, background and place in history. Ask
yourself how this particular character might feel about or react to a
is the strongest emotion you want your reader to feel? Search out and
delete that word everywhere it occurs in your manuscript. How can you
portray that emotion through action alone?
an emotion. Jot down the first five physical reactions that spring to
mind. These will likely be clichés you want to avoid. Expand upon these
until your description feels fresh and original.
yourself a copy of Angela Ackerman’s Emotion
Thesaurus. This is a fun and immensely helpful tool for accurately
portraying character emotion.
It wasn't until 2012, that she realized her dream of writing middle grade novels with the publication of A Smidgen of Sky.(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) Watch for her next middle grade, True As Steel. (Scholastic Press, Fall of 2014) Dianna is repped by Lara Perkins at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency. To learn more, visit her website at www.diannwinget.com. Or connect with her on Twitter @DiannaMWinget.