Incorporate Emotions into Your Writing: Happiness
By Megan Standley
Emotions are key to any good story and poem and there are many ways to incorporate emotions into any type of writing. This blog will cover the emotion of happiness, how it affects the outcome of your writing, and how it can create a connection between you, your character, and especially the reader.
When something good happens in your life you feel happy. Next time you feel happy, just think about how it really feels. Take that feeling and weave it into a description of what your character is feeling at the moment. It’s important that you make your character as relatable as possible in order to make the reader feel as if they are there with your character and feel the emotions they’re feeling.
When you’re reading your favorite book series or novel (my favorite is the Percy Jackson series) think of the main character at your favorite part of the book and how they are feeling. Look at the description the author uses to have their character express that expression. Don’t copy exactly word for word, but take it as an example of how to properly express happiness in your writing.
Each author incorporates emotions into their writing differently. Author Rick Riordan uses, as I’ve observed, a mixed variety of emotions, but mostly happiness. Of course, not all of what goes on in his character’s life is happy, since there is sadness, anger and fear as well.
I, myself, am not that good at incorporating emotions of any kind in my main character, but I am good at getting emotions out of my secondary characters. Weird, I know. However, with enough practice, anyone can create a three-dimensional character instead of a dull robot.
If you’re worried about using the word “happy” too much, try some of these: delighted, elated, ecstatic, jubilant and upbeat. If you’re stuck at all, thesauruses are great at providing different words with the same meaning.
Emotions are great aspects of every human; that’s what makes us relatable. Your characters in your stories need to be relatable as well and can be when you incorporate more emotions in your writing.