Sunday, January 4, 2009

Creating Character Emotions by Ann Hood

Ever since I attended Margie Lawson's ACFW workshop on Empowering Character Emotions, I've hungered for more information on character's visceral responses. I intend enrolling in Ms. Lawson's month-long course in character's emotions. Until then I'll read books on the subject.

Creating Character Emotions by Ann Hood is the first book I read. After a short introduction and chapter on tightening fiction, the reference begins. Thirty-eight different emotions are outlined.

Each chapter of emotion offers a lesson on the sentiment, giving "good" and "bad" examples of prose. The chapters end with exercises to stretch the readers writing skills.

This is a decent reference tool to have among your how-to books. However, if you want a more in-depth study on how to write character's emotional responses, sign-up for one of Margie Lawson's online classes.


  1. That sounds like a book I need. Thanks.

  2. I think this would be a good book to have on hand as reference to for improving characters. I'm adding it to my list of want to buy.


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