I’m honored to have Kerri Nelson blogging with me today. If you haven’t read her books, do. She’s a master at pulling every drop of emotion from a scene. Today, she is talking about just that, emotion.
The Promotion of Emotions By: Kerri Nelson
As women, we are often defined by our emotions. Men tend to think of us as “too emotional” or those who wear their “heart on their sleeves.” Or they just blame our moodiness on PMS!
Have you ever been accused of over-reacting to a situation? Have you ever been accused of using tears to get your way? While I, as a strong 21st century woman, believe that using our “feminine wiles” is an old school notion—I don’t deny their effectiveness.
But when it comes to our books, how do we express the emotions of our characters? Sure, we can say that our hero is angry or that our heroine is embarrassed. But how can we express it better and make it a more powerful experience for the reader?
As writers, we are sometimes instructed to “show versus tell” and that can be best explained by showing some examples:
Telling: Charles was angry.
Showing: Charles clenched his fists by his side, a menacing scowl on his face.
Telling: Evelyn was embarrassed.
Showing: A blush crept up her cheeks, heating her face as she planned her hasty retreat.
If you’re a writer, how would you describe the emotion you’re feeling right now? Perhaps your bored, busy, distracted, or depressed (from that recent rejection letter)?
Leave a comment and use your best “telling” skills to describe your current emotion and I’ll choose the best one and give away a FREE month of cover ad promotion at my Book Boost Blog
If you’re a reader, would you say that you enjoy books that make you laugh, books that stir your deepest internal fears, or books that touch you emotionally and provoke a tear or two? Give us an example of a book that has really made you emotional.
I’ll choose one reader winner’s answer and send you a Box of Books (various authors—a surprise grab box)! I have a ton of them and feel like sharing my overstock with you.
Winners selected on Monday, April 4th. Please leave your contact information if you want to win.
In the meantime, my latest book entitled Double Take is a whirlwind of emotions. Take a kidnapping, a first love, a dreaded high school reunion, and mix it with the death of a loved one. Talk about emoting!
Double Take Blurb:
After growing up the laughing stock of the town drunk and humiliated by the hottest guy in school, Kennedy Wolfe planned on never stepping foot in Greece, New York again.
Now a highly decorated agent for the FBI, Kennedy learns of the abduction of her best friend from high school. The news comes just days after the invitation to her class reunion was received and tossed.
Despite her better judgment, she can’t resist the urge to take on a case that would show her classmates once and for all what she’s really made of.
Damon Divine is the unbeatable District Attorney and he’s dead set on finding those responsible for abducting his twin sister. But when the beautiful Agent Wolfe comes to town, he knows the kidnappers won’t be the only ones on her hit list.
After all, standing up a girl on senior prom night is not something she’s likely forgotten.
Now available from Evernight Publishing. Click to read an excerpt or purchase
Kerri Nelson has always been passionate about reading books but when she wrote her first poem in the second grade, she discovered her love of writing. At the age of sixteen, she became a columnist for her local newspaper as the high school correspondent for the weekly “Panther Tales” column. She won the Outstanding Young Journalist of the Year Award for her efforts.
After an education and career in the legal field, Kerri began to pen romantic suspense novels with a legal or law enforcement theme. She is a true southern belle and comes complete with her dashing southern gentleman husband and three adorable children. When she’s not reading or writing, you’ll find her baking homemade goodies for her family.
Kerri is an active member of Romance Writers of America as well as numerous Chapters including Celtic Hearts Romance Writers and Futuristic Fantasy & Paranormal Writers. She is a multi-published author currently under contract for her sixteenth novel.