Expressing Emotion

A new week. A new month. No more winter Olympics to preoccupy me. <sigh>

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This Olympic experience wasn’t what I expected. The anticipated enthusiasm was replaced by something so much greater. Television cameras continuously scanned the faces of both athletes and spectators. There was exhilaration, jubilation and euphoria. And I cried in shared pride.

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After THE hockey game Vancouver’s downtown filled with 150,000 revellers who didn’t set fire to garbage bins or break windows but danced and sang in the streets, hugging and high-fiving perfect strangers who shared their elation. And I cried again.

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There was so much emotion. I felt it, but it’s hard to describe in words.

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That’s true in real life, and also in our writing. We don’t use descriptive words to express emotion in our novels… or do we? Isn’t “show, don’t tell” supposed to apply?

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How do you express emotion in your writing?

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The Soul of a Truly Good Story

 

Long after most everyone else has seen it and people have stopped talking about it, tonight I finally watched the movie, “Becoming Jane“. Regardless of where you stand in the controversy over historical accuracy of the script and the purported relationship between Jane Austen and Thomas Lefroy, the movie underlines what has to be an undisputed truth — that the soul of a truly good story will always be intense emotion.