Hello and welcome back.
Today I will do a product review of Emotion Amplifiers by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi.
You can purchase the book here:
In short I recommend this book. It further delves into showing character emotions as opposed to telling character emotions. They do this by taking a common feeling like distraction and give physical signals such as not answering when a response is required or gazing off at nothing.
Internal sensations such as hunger pangs from not eating.
Mental responses such as forgetting to do a task such as laundry or eating.
And they provide cues of Acute or long-term distraction like an accident from the character cutting him or herself with a knife.
In the writer’s tip for each emotion they tell how to make sure the reader always understands the cause of the distraction, or other emotion. That way the reader doesn’t come across as thinking the character is a fool or an idiot.
So to help you out I am going to do an exercise using the distraction emotion to help show you how this would work.
Shawn stares at the computer screen, a pen in his mouth he is chewing on. This task has to be done sometime, if he’s late this time with an assignment it maight be the unemployment line for him. He just can’t get Laura out of his head. The third woman in a row who ghosted him the last two years. Come to think of it every woman he’s ever dated did that. He got to thinking what exactly was wrong with him that no woman would want him.
Sara walks into his office and waves her hand in front of his face saying “Earth to Shawn are you with us?”
Shawn bites right through the pen gnashing his teeth on in lower lip, blood starts dripping down his face mixed with ink from the pen.
I hope this helps you with your own writing. Have a great day.