Friday, October 14, 2016

Showing a Character's Joy

When writing, how do you show joy?  The goal for every author is to make the reader feel a connection to the story, to make them feel like it's happening to them.  So the main point is to SHOW the emotion, instead of telling them how the character feels.  When we feel utter joy, certain things happen, and are easy to describe in a story.

Here are a few ideas of how to show this wonderful emotion:

  • smile
  • giggle/titter
  • suck in a deep breath
  • voice goes up
  • hugging themselves or others
  • eyes smiling
  • might cry
  • cheeks go up
  • heart feels full of love
  • weight off shoulders
  • cover mouth with hand to hide extreme happiness
  • lightheadedness
  • endorphins give head a rush
  • sit back and sigh
  • feel loved
  • might be at peace/calm
  • might be excited/ecstatic

Can you think of any other things that might happen?

Have a great day!
SweetTale Books

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Reference:
Creating Emotion in the Reader

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