What type of story do you want to tell?
I can think of dozens of types of stories, mythical, cultural folktales, fairytales, cautionary fables, historical or generational stories. Yet most stories will boil down to what the story leaves the audience or readers feeling. Happy or sad? I can think of happy endings in war stories, family sagas or generational stories. Romance and fantasy could end either way, even if contemporary fiction genres tend to lean romance to happy endings. But truly if you live through the loss of your first BIG love, you know romance does not promise happy endings. So you the story-teller or writer must make this first and huge choice, happy or sad.
A sad or happy story?
Well, of course, there is the option of leaving the ending open to interpretation. You could leave your characters hanging, waiting for a phone call, not dying after being shot or wishing he had killed the guy, and wondering if he did? Yet the bulk of stories are looked at as happy or sad. Do you like to watch happy TV shows and movies? Do you enjoy sad endings? Some people do.
How to add emotion to a story
- Start with an undo character, fighting for someone else’s safety
- Hurt your main character either physically or emotionally early in your story
- Begin your story with a loss for the character, family or village, etc.
- Have your main character suffer a social rejection at school, within a town or by a good friend
- Show your main character fighting for emotional or physical control (We love grace under pressure.)
- Create challenging “bad” weather” that stops your character just as he or she starts wanting to achieve, learn, etc.
- Set up a worthy opponent or “bad” guy or girl early in your story
For more ideas on helping your live audience or readers feel emotions from your story
visit “How to Add Emotion to a Story” at WikiHow.
See WikiHow post below on “Adding Emotion a novel your are writing.”
We love our readers.
Do you love rainy nights? Do you love telling stories that turn your audience’s expectations up-side-down? Do you love include weather references that set up one idea, such as a dark and stormy night and turn it into the best night your main character ever had?
Think of your story as a slice of an ongoing story.
Things have happened before we start listening or reading.
Know that things will happen after listeners or readers finish with your story.