|Author Dianna Winget|
- Don’t 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.
- Consider your character’s age, gender, background and place in history. Ask yourself how this particular character might feel about or react to a situation.
- What 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?
- Choose 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.
- Get 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.