Friday, July 8, 2011

Complex Emotions in Fiction

Complex emotions are easy.

Characters should not have just one emotion at a time. Mix them up and describe the shades between them.

Happiness can be tinged with nostalgia, remorse, satiety, loneliness, euphoria, triumph, vindictiveness, condescension, schadenfreude, earnestness, desire, sexual desire, or hysteria, etc.

Anger can be mixed with hate, schadenfreude, envy, stupidity, berserker rage, annoyance, self-aggrandizement, irritation, ignorance, suppression, or vindictiveness, etc.

Describing the whole, round emotion makes your characters seem 3-D.

Thanks for reading!
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