Deeper point of view for your characters.
On July 28, 2018 | 0 Comments

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Adding a deeper point of view for your characters is always a goal for fiction writers. Emotions and reactions are all important.

Alfred Hitchcock, a master of suspense, would let the audience see the jeopardy of the character, even before the character was aware. Riddly Scott used the same technique in the film “Alien” it was only toward the end the creature was fully revealed.  The stress the characters were under was depicted so well, and I think we can use aspects of that in our writing when dealing with stress in our stories. Even the most laid-back of us experience stress in our daily lives, and we can use those feelings as a resource too.

The last time I had to talk in front of people I found it very stressful so made notes; physical, palms sweating, stomach churning, a slight tremble, a shakiness that affected from hands to feet, constantly questioning if I needed the bathroom. Emotional, the feeling of impending disaster, but the rush of excitement. In equal measures terrifying and exhilarating. No matter how well scripted or rehearsed, here are some of the reasons I get stressed when speaking in public; what if the people are not interested in what I am saying, fear of running out of things to say, the fear of saying something stupid. I try to bring in these feelings into my writing.  There are other things you can use to draw these stressful feelings, family gatherings, an important interview, anything that makes you stressed, make notes on how you feel.  I keep the lists I make and refer to them when writing. Also on my stress list are, Heart Palpitations, pulse racing, a need to yell, an urge to run away, a need to control breathing, body temperature, sweating, nervously scratching, fidgeting. I make similar lists of most emotional and physical responses.  For me, even the more negative things, like stress, can help my writing.

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