Emotion in Writing

by Zachary McKay, Age 13


Emotion is a key element of writing, no matter if it’s a short-story or a five-hundred page novel.  Any person can learn over time how to beautifully construct words to engage a reader, but without emotion and purpose behind those words, the reader cannot get the absolute most out of the story or poem.

Emotional connections are important to a deeper meaning and purpose to a story.  A good writer can make a group of interesting and engaging words, but a great writer can take a group of words and form them to make a deep and touching story that impacts the reader, and makes them think and feel.

Emotion is the driving component of any story, the thing that separates a mediocre story from an amazing one.  A writer should pour himself into his work and connect emotionally with the story and characters, and understand them better to make the story as true to itself as possible.



2 comments on “Emotion in Writing

  1. Kinneret

    I believe this is currently the greatest fault in my writing. I’ll write a great story, but then I won’t feel an emotional connection to the characters. Worse, when I step back for a few weeks, I realize the reader isn’t getting any emotional connection either. I definitely need to learn how to impart genuine, deep emotions onto my writing…

    • Leah

      Writing an emotional story is tough, and while you’re writing it, it seems great. I read a really good tip on how to convey feeling. If something is serious, try to describe it in fewer, more descriptive words. It’s really hard though. I can’t really do it all that well.

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