As an author, each one of us wants to be able to express entirely and most imaginatively the feelings of the character and their sentiments to our readers.

When we write, it is not only our imagination we are printing onto the page, but we are also responsible for how our readers feel towards the characters or the situation they are reading about.

With such consequential responsibility on us authors, it is natural that when we are trying to create a sensitive or emotional atmosphere in the reader’s mind, we want to be as accurate and expressive.

Here are some great ways to introduce beautiful, emotional scenes into your works.

What’s inside is as important as that on the outside

When we feel overcome with emotions, the external environment can trigger a meltdown same goes for written characters.

So if your main character is supposed to meet their best friend who has a habit of always being late, then it’s not just having to wait that is annoying your character. You can include information like the humidity in the weather to add context and depth to the feeling of annoyance.

Build the scene throughout your chapters

While individual settings can be emotional and impactful, the whole story is just not about that one scene. Build up to it instead of suddenly adding a breakdown with limited context to give readers the full impact.
In real life, situations, emotions, and actions all build up ahead of that one emotionally intense moment.

Don’t focus on just the emotion.

He was anxious, She felt sad, They were excited…naming emotions in your story sometimes is okay. In the proper context at the appropriate moment–it’s excellent!
But tackling big emotions or multiple feelings by writing the physical traits and sensations that cause the reaction of excitement or unhappiness gives your reader a chance to read between the lines.

Tap into your emotions

This tip is self-explanatory. When you want to write authentically for a character, think from your perspective and give the feeling a new dimension.

Genuine emotion is not manipulation.

An honest emotional conversation where the character expresses their most profound feelings is sad but, most importantly, authentic.
Sentimental words aren’t the key here. It’s simple sentences that make the reader feel the character’s vulnerability.

These are some ways you can introduce the soft, sweet, or sad and heartfelt feelings to your story for character development or plot point.

Stay tuned for the next blog where we discuss the other harsher and harder feelings!