Transform Your Travel Writing, Pt. 3: Emotional Associations
WE LOOKED EARLIER at how narrators describe (or fail to describe) other characters in their stories. To review, the most skilled writers “introduce” characters in ways that:
- Give context, explaining how that character fits into the scene
- Express emotion, giving a sense of the narrator’s impressions of a character (which can set up powerful opportunities for these impressions to evolve through future interaction)
- Give physical details that register on a sensory level
- Are built around interaction and dialogue, not just telling how the character is, but portraying them through an exchange
Today we’re going to focus on #3, physical details, and look at how, when presented carefully, they can lead to other layers, particularly expressing emotion.