“Emotions” Why Do We Need Them? How Can a Good Story Use Them?


While many of us create stories because we enjoy them the pleasure of writing can convey itself into our work which then produces a wide array of feelings for our reader. Why do we need feelings in order to make a good story? How can “emotions” help our stories and overall tone of our work? What makes them essential?

I’m going to explore these questions throughout this post and I hope that this is great advice to you as a writer, that is… if you are a writer. If not, then you can use this to apply to everyday life in regards to how you create memories with others.

Why Do We Need Emotions?

Emotions are a part of everyday life, if you aren’t exactly sure just how they work then you can check out the quick little two minute YouTube video below to understand the science behind just why they are relevant to our processes. Emotions help to guide us along our paths as people and they influence the choices we make. If you think about your favorite food it probably makes you feel good or you enjoy it more than other options. You can probably associate your favorite food to a person or place which then has created a memory for you. But how do they relate to our stories or characters?

The key point that I want to make is that they aid in allowing your reader to keep turning the page, to remember your plot, and to connect with the words on the line. Great emotions in a story are often poetic in nature and feature the usage of figurative language in order to bring the passages alive.

So, the next time you write a sentence think about the emotive effect that it can leave on your reader. I also left you a video about figurative language and you should definitely practice it the next time you write. (Okay, so the song is really catchy and annoying but I loved the graphics so enjoy)

When we write in characters we need to bring them alive, but often time, the way that character emotions are created is flat. Character emotions are typically depicted as though being one monotonous feeling in a section of a novel rather then ongoing feelings that overlaps each other. We need to change this in order to make characters more developed. In the next section I’ll explain just how I use emotions in order to shape my characters.

How Can a Good Story Use Them?

A good story understands the build up of feelings that leads to a nice and toxic character. Usually, a good story incorporates many features to highlight the tribulations of a character such as a hard situation, opposing character with opposite point of view, or something that I like to call jumping in time.

This is the last YouTube video I’ll share with you today, but just know that I created one that talks about how a character can be perceived as being multidimensional by using flashbacks and flash forwards. As writers, we forget that these are small portions of our day that we experience so we don’t include them in our novels, but if we are to use them a bit more often then we can create a very real experience for our readers.

I won’t be writing anymore, instead, I’ll allow my video to do the explaining. Leave your thoughts in my comments, I’m always open to a good conversation.

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