Use Emotion to Propel Your Story

This kid has got a great story to tell!

My latest post on CreateSpace is live for the masses.  It’s a little diddy I wrote on how emotion actually moves a story along.  Here’s a little taste:

Your  story will reflect life, even if it’s a fantasy novel with elves and unicorns. The emotions used to tell your story will be the same as those  you find in real life. You can’t invent new emotions to go along with your fictional world. Given that your emotional construct will reflect the real world, you’ll rely on two types of emotions: primary emotions and secondary emotions.

Your primary emotion will develop from your inciting incident.  This is the emotion that propels all of your main characters’ actions.  How they display and deal with the primary emotion will be the backbone of your story.

You can read the rest by clicking here: Use Emotion to Propel Your Story

My Latest CreateSpace post – Getting to know your characters

Here’s my latest contribution to the CreateSpace blog.  As always, be sure to join the community if you want to get some excellent advice on writing, publishing, filmmaking, music, virtually anything creative.  There are a lot of great people to connect with and learn from.

A taste of my latest post: Start a Dialogue with Your Characters

I use the word “uncover” deliberately. I think it’s important for you to approach the task of creating and building your characters from the viewpoint of a complete stranger. Flesh them out from scratch. Sometimes, if you go into character creation with the idea that you know that character already, you overlook the nuances that clearly define him/her and miss the opportunity to give the character real depth.