Readers have a great need in common: when they read a book, they want to be led into a parallel world. For this, they need to feel what the characters feel. And it is your responsibility, as a writer, to convey them to this new reality. It’s not a matter of just visualizing actions – they need to perceive the sensations splashing their skins, snaking the intricacies of their veins.
I believe you, as a young writer, are aware of the need to create emotion in your books. The big question is: how to do this? How to follow step by step the writing process, ensuring that the emotion flows from the paper and is able to thrill your readers?
Difficult?? Not so much. You just need to follow some basic rules (I hate talking about rules during the creation process, but, do what?).
But they are important to make the experience authentic. Although the characters may not be real, the emotions can (and need) be.
Emotion requires specificity.
It is not enough to say that your character is afraid, that he is loving or suffering. Brief and superficial descriptions are not shocking. They are nothing but a frigid report. And such narratives keep us apart.
Enter the Emotion at the Right Time
In order for there to be emotional involvement between character and reader, a connection must be established between them. And this, just like it happens between two people in real life, can take some time.
For the reader to feel the same emotions that the character needs to be identified – personality, plans, dreams, challenges, etc. When identification is established, the reader is ready to feel the same pain and joys as the character in his novel.
However, this simply will not happen in the first chapter of your book. Because? The answer is as obvious as it is in the real world: there was not enough time to establish a connection between the reader and the character. This will only happen in the following chapters. So do not waste your efforts: making a poignant description of the characters right in the opening chapter, trying to engage the readers emotionally, is too premature. What you should do is tap into the following pages and chapters to develop the characters, gradually.