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How to Get Emotion Onto The Page


How to Get Emotion Onto The Page


Class Description

What’s the one key ingredient of a story that really draws people in? Emotion. It isn’t plot or dramatic situations that drive a story forward, it’s the internal, emotional struggle of the protagonist and other characters that make the reader care and need to know what’s going to happen next.

But creating true emotion on the page is easier said than done. Oftentimes, writers confuse emotion with external drama, body language, or obvious feelings of happiness, sadness, or anger. Author, speaker and instructor Lisa Cron will show you how to create real riveting emotion that both shapes your plot and captivates your readers.

In this class, you’ll learn how to:

  • Understand the difference between emotion and emotional.
  • Convey emotion by showing rather than telling.
  • Sidestep the common problem of throwing random hurdles at your protagonist in order to ramp up the action.
  • Weave in potent emotion and give meaning and urgency to everything that happens in the plot.


Gabrielle Reynolds

Lisa Cron is articulate, clear and graphic in talking about things that have been misunderstood in creative writing classes to the detriment of teacher and student - and professional writers. Bringing the reader along on the protagonist's emotional journey is transformative and powerful. Breaking down writing myths and offering in their place techniques that give meaning in story-specific context enables the reader to be included and expanded, rather than feeling left out of the story. Bravo! I learned a great deal. As with her other courses, this one is tops.

K Coon

Loved it! Show don’t tell finally makes sense!

Elise Loyacano Perl