• #FeelLines,  Write

    Portraying the emotion of anxiety

    Emotions can’t be told. They have to be shown   #FeelLines runs every Thursday on Twitter. The weekly theme is based on an emotion. The aim is to show a line where a character in your writing expresses this emotion.   Expressing the emotion of anxiety   The definition of anxiety is the state of feeling nervous or worried that something bad is going to happen.     Anxiety is a common emotion that we will all feel during our lives. It is the state of fear from the anticipation of a real or imagined threat, event or situation.   The perception of the threat can be from an internal…

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    Portraying the emotion of confusion

    Emotions can’t be told. They have to be shown   #FeelLines runs every Thursday on Twitter. The weekly theme is based on an emotion. The aim is to show a line where a character in your writing expresses this emotion.   Expressing the emotion of confusion   The definition of confusion is the state of not being certain about what is happening, what you should do, or what something means. Let’s approach this emotion with the power of GIFs. I have used GIPHY as an example. I searched ‘confusion‘ and the results were pages of facial expressions which perfectly convey, ‘I haven’t got a clue what’s going on.’   Here…

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    Portraying the emotion of desperation

    #FeelLines runs every Thursday on Twitter. The weekly theme is based on an emotion. The aim is to show a line where a character in your writing expresses this emotion. Expressing the emotion of desperation   The definition of desperation is the state of being desperate. Feeling or showing you have little hope and are ready to do anything without worrying about danger to yourself or others Needing or wanting something very much In the extreme, desperation will cause your characters to act out of character. They will be rash. Judgement and decision making will be hampered. They will break rules. Those who impede them will be cast aside, regardless…

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    #FeelLines,  Write

    Portraying the emotion of sympathy

    #FeelLines runs every Thursday on Twitter. Each weekly theme is an emotion. The aim is to show a line where a character in your writing expresses this emotion. Expressing the emotion of sympathy The definition of sympathy is the feeling of being sorry for somebody; showing that you understand and care about somebody’s problems. A character expressing sympathy conveys to the reader who they care about. If the reader sympathises with the protagonist they’ll care about the same things. Yet, the lack of an emotion can give hints to the relationship a character has towards others. A lack of sympathy towards someone who has fallen on hard times could highlight…

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    Portraying the emotion of smugness

    Emotions can’t be told. They have to be shown #FeelLines runs every Thursday on Twitter. The weekly theme is based on an emotion. The aim is to show a line where a character in your writing expresses this emotion. Expressing smugness  The definition of smugness is an excessive pride in oneself or one’s achievements. How would a smug person feel? Puffed-up like a bird An adrenaline rush (warm/increased heart beat) Confidence in themselves Superior to others Following from this, what body language do you except to see of someone who is feeling pretty smug? A cocked head Chest puffed out Jutting chin Dominating behaviour Smirking Moving/acting in a way to…

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    Stories,  Write

    Spring and a short story about how a Kingdom was born

    You make me feel like Spring has sprung Spring has certainly sprung here in Cornwall. The days are lengthening and the buds are swelling. It inspired me to write a short story. It is based in the same world as the WIP I’m currently working on. Worldbuilding is a key part of writing and immensely fun. In a fantasy realm, the author needs to build everything from scratch and make it believable to the reader. In the story below I explore two aspects. The founding story of the Kingdom of Berncia and the religion named the Four Branches. Mythology and religion always tell larger than life founding stories where the Gods…