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Writing With Emotion, Tension, and Conflict: Techniques for Crafting an Expressive and Compelling Novel

Writing With Emotion, Tension, and Conflict: Techniques for Crafting an Expressive and Compelling Novel

by Cheryl St. John


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Craft an Emotionally Charged Story That Will Resonate with Readers

Emotional impact shouldn't be dropped into your novel as an afterthought or forced upon your story with a pair of pliers and an iron grip. It should be carefully sewn into the fabric of the story to create tension-filled moments that will keep readers turning pages. In Writing with Emotion, Tension, & Conflict, you'll learn how to layer emotional moments and deep connections to create a tapestry filled with conflict, pathos, and genuine feeling.

   • Create emotional depth, conflict, and tension in your novel by carefully crafting your plot, characters, setting, word choice, and more.
   • Learn what makes readers "tick"—and what will elicit the strongest emotional responses.
   • Write believable, emotional scenes and dialogue—and trim away the sappiness.

When writing a novel, your ultimate goal is to make readers smile, weep, rage, and laugh right along with your characters. Writing with Emotion, Tension, & Conflict will show you how to evoke a multitude of feelings in your readers—and keep them coming back for more.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781599637587
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/28/2013
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 225,347
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Cheryl is the author of more than fifty historical and contemporary romances. Her stories have earned numerous RITA nominations, Romantic Times awards and are published in over a dozen languages. In describing her stories of second chances and redemption, readers and reviewers use words like, "emotional punch, hometown feel, core values, believable characters and real-life situations." With a 4.9 star rating on Amazon, her bestselling non-fiction book, Writing With Emotion, Tension & Conflict by Writer's Digest Books is available in print and digital.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part 1 Conflict Makes the Story 8

1 Defining Conflict 9

2 Motivation and Realism 21

3 An Explicit Mission and Opposition 32

4 Plot and Internal/External Conflict 40

5 Character Goals and Organization 46

6 Conflict Checklist 54

Part 2 Once More With Feeling 57

7 Learning Emotional Triggers 58

8 Characters and Emotion 64

9 Internal Narrative and Deep Point of View 70

10 Word Pictures and Digging More Deeply 81

11 Feeling the Story: An Examination of Pay It Forward 87

12 Sacrifice and Evocative vs. Emotional Writing 94

Part 3 Setting is More than a Backdrop 100

13 Defining Setting and Observation 101

14 What Can Setting Do for Your Story? 108

15 Using Indirect Description 118

16 Creating Realism with Setting Details: Details Affect Character 125

17 Researching Your Location 132

[18] Weaving Your Tapestry 141

Part 4 Tension ad Pressure 151

19 Creating Tension in a Scene 152

20 Sustaining Tension 162

21 Physical Responses 168

Part 5 Dialogue 174

22 Revealing Character Through Speech 175

23 Expressing Emotion by Omission 196

Part 6 Drawing Emotions From Characters 203

24 Character as a Compass for Emotions 204

25 What's in a Name? 211

26 Where Do Great Characters Come From? 216

27 The Reader Must Care 225

28 Techniques to Make the Reader Care 236

Wrapping It Up 244

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