April 2011 THE A to Z CHALLENGE!
Arlee Bird who blogs at Tossing It Out,came up with the A to Z Challenge. Last year it began with a hundred participants. This year it grew and grew.
Arlee has rounded up three hundred participants.
It might take time to get around all those entries. ;)
acceptance, agitation, alarm, amusement, angst,
His teacher told him there had been a mistake. Lucas was angry. He had to run away.
Lucas curled his fingers into fists. Only the sharp edges digging into his palms kept him rooted on the polished floor. Heat spreading over his face jabbed like tiny needles. He swallowed back the need for a more simple pain. When his feet itched to kick the chair that lay beside his desk, he hurdled it and ran.
No one experiences emotions the same way. The writers’ job is a difficult one - they want every reader to think "I felt like that too."
EMOTIONAL IMPACT IN 7 POINTS:
- Show emotions using a range of senses
- Don’t rush into the emotion give the character time to process what has and is happening
- Emotions develop as a reaction to the situation and the actions/reactions of others
- Using body language to show what is being said is not the same as the emotions the character is experiencing
- There are physical responses to emotion but the character feels them and cannot see them
- You need imagery but not limp and overused ones.
- Stormy emotions played out in a hurricane – dumped as the tornado rips the heart out f the town? This is Pathetic Fallacy.
“Pairing you with Gael was a mistake. Rowland is the Class Captain and…”
Lucas curled his fingers into fists. Only the sharp edges digging smiles into his palms kept him rooted to the polished floor. “Just a mistake? Sure. I don’t mind.” Heat spread over his face and prickled like nettle stings. “Give it Rowland. He’s welcome to it.” Lucas swallowed back the need for a more simple pain. When his feet itched to kick the chair that lay beside his desk, he hurdled it and ran.
Acceptance, apprehension, agitation, amusement, angst, anticipation, alarm, apathy, awe, anger, annoyance, amazement