Monday, October 29, 2012
Descriptive Emotion From Deep in the Brain
In her book Word Paining, Rebecca McClanahan talks about the three-layered brain. Readers need to go beyond the neocortex that categorizes information and into the mesocortex which allows them to feel it or they will not care about the characters or what is happening. Grief or love is too big a topic. Break it down, shrink it with small details that authentically describe--not label or explain--through the use of active verbs with concrete and sensory detail. This takes practice. Great description is worth all the revision it takes.
Don't get bogged down in the mists of abstract emotions. Use the senses and be clear with concrete images.