I’ve been considering this question quite a lot lately as I’ve been suffering tumultuous emotion syndrome this week. I’ve experienced: joy, sadness, hurt, pain, grief, hysteria, panic, glee, comfort, pride, peace, satisfaction, and confusion; sometimes all at the same time.
Characters should be as complex as people (yes?). Our own living, breathing creations. So, how do you convey what they are feeling while avoiding lists (like what I’ve done above), or bloated paragraph descriptions.
I find it very annoying when writers just tell you how their characters feel (Bella was depressed). It’s lazy. But it’s also very straight forward (Is the most direct route the best?). Aren’t we supposed to be going on the journey with the characters we read about? They should have faces, voices, color and texture, and we should be able to see through their eyes and feel what they feel.
How do you convey emotion in your writing?