Many writers struggle with making their writing shine and adding emotion without making it melodramatic. It can be tempting to rev up the drama in every scene to ensure that your readers feel each emotional pang your characters feel. But a writer who does so is like a musician who sings each note with as much gusto as he can. Emotional emphasis everywhere means nothing stands out.
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How are their surroundings? Are they in public or private? How is the weather, the atmosphere and its feel, and is the character feeling comfortable; at ease? Imagine that in one moment, all of their energy is drained out of them and they collapse. Did they win something? Did they lose something? Why is this important to them?
I gave them the following prompts:. Gradually, I awake and open my eyes only to see the cracked white ceiling which greets me every day. Here I sit, slumped in the bed with the scratchy white sheets hugging me and muffled beeping noises jumping into my ears. Rubbing the sleep crust from my bloodshot eyes, I observe the scene before me. The sound of footsteps overlapping as nurses rush from bed to bed; the metallic tang from stainless steel invading my nostrils; the cold metal bed rail imprisoning and mocking me; the pungent scent of antiseptic troubling me and the blood-curdling cries and moans utterly terrifying me.
That was my cue. My security detail helped me stand back up. The audience cheered with more enthusiasm than I thought reasonable for a fast food mascot. Maybe some laughter and some good-natured applause. My Lottie training kicked in, and I immediately stiffened up and careened to the floor again.