Portraying the emotion of curiosity
Emotions can’t be told. They have to be shown
Definition: curiosity (about something) | curiosity (to do something) a strong desire to know about something.
Expressing the emotion of curiosity
Ah! Something has piqued the interest of our main character, compelling them to investigate.
Curiosity fuels plots
A curious mind goes places. Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s curiosity led down the rabbit hole. Curiosity leads Bathsheba to meet Sergeant Troy in the hollow amid the ferns in Far from the Madding Crowd. Curious characters will drive the plot.
But curiosity killed the cat
The slasher horrors portray the pitfalls of a curious character. You know, that one itching to investigate the strange noise who goes outside alone only to meet a gruesome end.
How would a curious person feel?
- Compelled to investigate, ask questions, experiment and learn
- Previous worries are no longer at the forefront
- So engrossed they skip meals or sleep
- Heightened senses
- Mentally alert
How would a curious person react?
- Leaning in
- Rising on the balls of their feet to gain height and get a better look
- Look up from what they are doing
- Posture and mood immediately brightens
- Asking questions
- Observing, touching, circling, talking about/to the object/person in question
Keeping in character
The character has to be curious for the right reasons in order for it to be believable to the reader. They must act in character. Let’s say the character has to visit an archaeological dig to continue the plot and we begin with this prompt.
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