Yesterday we reviewed external actions and reactions that came in the form of gestures and mannerisms and how they can help show important information about our ancestor.
Today, we look at the internal reactions of our ancestors. Internal reactions are those things that our ancestor has less control over such as their internal bodily reactions such as a racing heart or sweaty palms during a stressful moment. It also includes emotional reactions to a stimulus or an event. While our ancestor may be able to manage them once they appear, the initially appear without a conscious will or decision. It comprises expressions of emotions, such as the immediate response one has the minute they have been told a family member has died.
But instead of naming it, or telling those emotions, we want to show them to the reader. They are important in engaging the reader’s emotions.
Internal reactions are a central tool in engaging your reader’s emotions. Here are few tips to consider to help you serve them up with maximum impact.
Her heart pounded with fear. Instead consider, Her heart pounded. Let the context of the story around the statement inform the reader that it is a result of fear.