Pride is a difficult emotion. Too much pride and it becomes a crippling vice. Too little, and one doesn’t have sufficient motivation or courage to put one’s work out into the public arena.
Hope is a fascinating emotion; equal parts beneficial and also dangerous. It is the most pervasive emotion, and is fundamental to the human condition. It is the emotion that allows us to continually strive for more, to wish for something better. Here is how hope can be useful in the writing process:
Fear is a very common affliction when undertaking any creative pursuit. It can prevent you from producing your best work, from sharing that work with others, and ultimately from finding your audience. Here are three common fears in writing:
Writing, and creation of any kind, requires a great deal of vulnerability. Sharing something you’ve created, exposing your work to an audience and hoping something resonates with them, means setting yourself up for possible failure. This can be so intimidating to creative people, but it also means that it is imperative that your work is authentic, and comes from a place of vulnerability. For me, vulnerability consists of three different elements:
Writing emotion for characters is an extremely important aspect in creating believable characters. Since characters are the aspect of storytelling to which a reader will ultimately connect, the importance of great character writing cannot be overstated. Here are some techniques I like to employ when writing emotion: