Why are emotions important in the stories we read?

Guess who’s back with a brand new blog post?

You may have noticed I have a theme going, huh? *whispers* Emotions, man. This is the reading part of the theme and it’s dedicated to the books I read. I love reading books on writing–you may have noticed–but there are other ways to study and learn about writing. Writing, duh, and reading other authors’ books.

Hold on, I think this needs a graphic.

Festive golden triangle!
Festive golden triangle!

There, I feel better now.

Where was I? Right. So this month I’ll be reading three books and analyzing them for the way the author incorporates emotion into their work. *wiggles eyebrows*

Now, reading for pleasure is a little different than reading to learn, don’t you think? And it might help if I had some guideline or checklist of things to look for as I’m reading. One of the things I’ll be doing in the research phase of this operation is seeing if there are already checklists out there to help me analyze what I read. If not, I’ll create one because we can never have too many lists, right? Of course I’ll share it when I’m done. What do you think I am, some sort of monster?

The three books I’m going to read are:

The Drafter by Kim Harrison

Alive For Now by Bob Howard

An Unwritten Novel by Virginia Woolf

The first one is by an author I love, writing a new series after having ended one that I adored. (Hence the reason it’s taken me a while to pick up the new one. I was in mourning.)

The second book is one that my sister read and then had a nightmare about. She wants me to read it to tell her how it ends because she can’t finish it. Hee hee.

The third is a story in a collection of Woolf stories and novels I’ve had on my Kindle for quite some time.

What I hope to learn about emotions in writing?:

A better handle on what works and what doesn’t as far as emotion in story.

A greater understanding of how authors weave emotion into their work.

A look at how different authors write about their characters’ emotions.

There you have it, folks. My self-imposed month of learning, brought to you by the word Emotion.

Ta ta for now.

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