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.