Friday, November 25, 2011

Friday Round-Up - #183

Wouldn't it be nice if we could use little happy/sad faces in our writing? Ah, but that's not how it is in life. It's fun in an email or comment, but doesn't work in a book.

Nisa, at Wordplay, Swordplay: The Magic of Writing, gives a neat tip on how to identify emotional reactions. It draws upon how actors learn to express a character's feelings.

Writers: What are some ways you communicate/identify a fictional friend's emotions?
Readers: What causes you to connect with a character?

Have a blessed weekend!


Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Susan .. I've been over to Nisa's blog and joined up, left a comment etc .. Well done for pointing us in her direction ..

As a reader - I do like to feel the reality of the situation and the character - it has to resonate through ...

We can learn so much from other disciplines ... cheers and I hope you had a peaceful, joyful Thanksgiving .. Hilary

Carol J. Garvin said...

Showing the character's demeanor or behavior, or how he reacts to a particular situation or person, tells me a lot about his emotions. As a reader I relate best to characters who share my values, although not necessarily a lifestyle I would choose. Interesting questions, Susan.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Hilary -

Great! I'm sure she'll be happy.

Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Carol -

Good points. I also prefer characters who share my values. The one thing I don't like is a flawless character. Everyone has areas that are a work in progress.

Susan :)