Show, Don’t Tell: Emotions, Moods, and Reactions

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Welcome to part three of my “Show, Don’t Tell” series. Part two was about showing a character’s personality. This post will focus on characters again, but this time I will talk about how showing relates to a character’s emotions.

As I said from my previous post, one of your goals as a writer is getting readers to connect with your characters. In real life, we are emotional beings, even the most logical people. We respond and connect to each other’s emotions. Feelings can build relationships. To connect with a character, we have to feel that character’s emotions. To feel emotions, the writer shows them.

In real life, we communicate our emotions, and they’re communicated in three ways: words, tone, and body language. When I was in college, one of my professors said most of our communication come from our body language. I don’t know if that is scientifically true, but body language…

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