2. Cliché emotions - Deepstash
2. Cliché emotions

2. Cliché emotions

  • Cliches are a sign of lazy writing
  • Create your own observations instead of falling back on clichés
  • Think about your body and what happens to it when you’re feeling a certain emotion
  • You may also observe people in real life or in movies/tv shows to see how they express emotion
  • Some notable changes: person’s voice, speech, or overall bearing and posture
  • Know your character; some may shout, while others may go completely silent

Examples of cliché emotions:

  • The grin that stretches from ear to ear
  • A single tear pooling in the eye before coursing down the cheek
  • Quivering knees that knock together

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Readers have high expectations. They don’t want to be told how a character feels; they want to experience the emotion for themselves. To make this happen, we must ensure that our characters express their emotions in ways that are both recognizable and compelling to read.

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