Wednesday, January 11, 2012
The Art of Emotion
Both of these characters have more of a show not tell method of expressing emotion. They don't like to talk about it and they'd rather those around them didn't either, but still, they let people know they care about them in one backward way or another. But it's definitely been a challenge.
One thing that's really helped me is I'm a big fan of nonverbal communication. I love people watching. If you go to the mall or a restaurant, you can see the state of people's relationships just by watching their bodies and facial expressions. The couple that walks as far apart as they can, the couple that is so close you can tell they'd occupy the same space if it was possible. The couple that holds hands out of habit, but never actually look at each other. There is so much you can tell by the way people move.
I try to use as much nonverbal communication of emotion as possible in my books (my choice of characters often make it necessary). It's been hard at times, but I truly believe it's made me a stronger writer. How about you? How do you communicate emotion in your writing?