Writing Tip: Creating Strong Emotions
Life is incomplete without emotions. The same applies to your writing, and particularly to your poetry.
You do not have to get yourself worked up into an emotional state in order to create emotion within your writing. Most of us know the feeling of being in love with someone or something, or the sadness of losing someone or something that we care about deeply. As a writer, these emotions are powerful tools that you can use in order to create a strong impression on your audience.
We have all read poetry and fiction that has moved us in some way. When you read something that greatly affects you, consider why it makes you feel that way.
Ask yourself the following questions:
• How does the language shape your emotions?
• What sort of imagery does it evoke?
• Look at the words the writers use and think about how they have shaped their piece: are there strong metaphors? Short lines? Effective words?
• Does the poem remind you of something that has happened to you personally, a story you’ve seen in the news, or something else?
You will probably find that the writer has not mentioned the specific emotion they wish to evoke by name. Rather than telling you how they or their subject feels, they have shown you how they feel, making you more involved in their piece. This is a key skill when you are writing about emotions. If someone is angry or upset, instead of saying how they feel, you can use destructive imagery, such as a natural disaster. If someone is happy or excited, you can use positive imagery, such as warm weather and a calm environment. This way, you can inject more effective emotions into your writing.
Written By: Laura Marie Clark
About the Author
Laura is a 23 year old English woman with a history degree residing in the UK. She has been writing for many years and enjoys writing horror/fantasy stories, as well as poetry. You can view more of her work at: https://inspiredstoriesandpoems.wordpress.com/
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