Creating Emotions in Fiction

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For many authors, one of the most important goals of writing a story is creating an emotional response in the reader.  It covers the entire range from anger to relief to happiness.  I’m sure most avid readers have had a moment with a really good book where they had to put it down.  Not because it was bad, but they became too sad or anger in regards to a big event.  There’s the full intention of going back, but you simply need that break to compose yourself.  So, how do you make this connection?

Well, it differs from genre to genre and author to author.  The first thing to realize is that there is one rule that truly does go across the board.  You will NEVER get the same reaction out of every reader.  For example, you have people who love LOTR and have no reaction Boromir’s…

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