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How to Evoke Emotions as a Writer by Paul Bates

In romance novels, it’s all about creating emotions from your readers – Paul Bates gives us some tips on how to do that!

A good author knows how and when to evoke a certain emotion from their readers, while utilizing certain writing techniques. In order for a novel, overall, to be entertaining and worth the read, is how well the author uses his ability to create an atmosphere that is fit for the characters and the intended reader. Of course, not every novel is exactly like the one before- but in a series of books by the same author, there tends to be a pattern. Such patterns might include how they introduce the setting to, or how they introduce the characters – such as stating their names right in the beginning or giving hints of what they look like until they are a few pages into the book. Other patterns might be the themes the author uses, such as morals that are fitted into everyday life. Though, a particular stylistic technique that they use in their novel, is the ability to be able to make a reader feel a certain way. Now, to be able to convince a person to feel a certain way in person is quite a tedious thing to do, especially if the person is hard-headed. With writing, the author needs to work more to be able to push the reader’s feelings a certain way. In order for one to achieve such mastery, they have to be able to manipulate certain techniques, such as rhetoric devices and mood to be able to create a type of atmosphere.


Being a successful writer, it is all about being able to manipulate both writing techniques and the readers’ emotions/thoughts. When one reads the lines, “A dark and stormy night,” what does one usually feel? Usually, the emotions that are evoked into the reader are suspense and terror. This is all because of the diction, or word choice that was used by the author to purposefully induce a certain emotion. Diction has an abundance to do with how a reader will react to a particular work. The author might use positive language, or negative, all depending on what the author is trying to convey.


Moreover, tone also has a part in setting the mood in the story and within the reader. The tone is how the author feels. Tone is a literary element that helps the reader make conclusions on how the author is feeling about a situation. This technique also plays a part in provoking a certain emotion out of the reader through the author’s feelings. Such as, “She is the one to blame; she was the one that destroyed our family,” negative words that are used by the author such as “blame,” and “destroyed,” are indicators that the author is not very fond of the person who is tearing apart their family. Through this example of tone, the reader is able to make their assumptions on the feelings of the author, and therefore applying them to their own. The reader then starts to question their own opinion on how they should feel toward the situation, more than likely changing their view point.


Furthermore, one rhetoric device that is most commonly used in forms of writing, when trying to create a certain atmosphere, is the use of pathos. Pathos is when the author appeals to the readers’ emotions. Now, this technique goes right in, rather than just skirting around the edges. Authors use pathos to ‘connect’ the reader with a type of character, implanting certain characteristics or personality traits that the reader can relate to. This also applies to certain situations the character might be facing. Therefore, the author is able to connect the reader with a particular character or situation to move the readers’ emotions and thoughts.

Overall, to be a successful writer, one has to know how to manipulate forms of literary and rhetoric devices to be able to influence a type of emotion within the reader. Though manipulating might seem easy, it is the opposite once on paper. The author has to go through several forms of stylistic devices to be able to find the ‘best-fit’. But with creativeness and knowledge of writing elements, the writer will be able to evoke a particular emotion in the reader any time they desire.


RU Readers – which romance novel has emotionally “knocked your socks off”?


Bio: Paul Bates is a freelance writer contributing to various online magazines and private blogs. He works as a Chief Editor at writing company.

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3 Responses to “How to Evoke Emotions as a Writer by Paul Bates”

  1. The last one I remember really knocking my socks off emotionally was several years ago- Hopeless by Colleen Hoover. I’m ready for another one just as powerful to come along!

    Posted by Keri | October 23, 2017, 12:06 pm
  2. I remember Shanna by Kathleen Woodiwiss, I laughed, I cried, I cried more. =)

    Thanks for the article Paul!


    Posted by Carrie Peters | October 23, 2017, 8:51 pm


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