Which got me thinking about how to best manipulate the emotions of readers, because after all, isn't that what they wanted when they picked up the book?
Lets talk about tears.
I discovered an interesting thing recently that has changed how I write my characters--especially the females. When a reader is invested in a character, they feel what the character feels (though thankfully to a lesser degree). So what happens to the reader when your character starts to cry? In essence, the same thing that happens to you most times when you have a good cry.
Which is great. If you are ready for your reader to release some emotion, let your character sob it out and move on with their lives.
Or you can keep that emotion and build it until closer to the end of the book.
Let the eyes mist, the sinuses burn, the headache build, but don't let those tears fall!
Take your character, and reader, to the brink, before giving them too much release. And remember, just because your character hasn't let herself cry, doesn't mean your reader has as much fortitude.
Also, make sure you take along some Kleenex when you sit down to type. If your story isn't wringing your guts, it won't effect your reader either. And please, for those moments of inner torture, show, don't tell! (Nothing like coming to those moments of high emotion in a book and having the author summarize it for you, instead of letting your feel it.)
But of course, this is all my opinion. :)
As a reader, do you prefer when the character sniffles it out through the book, or holds all that emotion in, building an "emotional" climax (not necessarily the "plot's" climax)?
"I Heard the Bells"
by Angela K. Couch
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Or visit me at www.angelakcouch.com :)