ANNE GREENE HERE.
Two weeks ago I wrote how to make your characters unforgettable. This week I’m discussing how to rack up the intensity in your novel.
USE INTENSIFIERS TO ITENSIFY THE EMOTIONS.
ADD SOMETHING UNEXPECTED TO EVERY SCENE.
SHOW the POV character through his perceptions (what he sees), emotions (what he feels), flashbacks (what he remembers and relives).
Show three objects the POV character notices.
For instance, in my book Murder In Istanbul the hero notices, a broken vase, an overturned table, and a high heeled shoe. So he deduces that she attacked the massive thug with the vase to try to help him. The thug overturned the table going after her. Her shoe is missing. She can’t run without her shoe. She must be in shock because she doesn’t know her shoe is missing. (perceptions)
The three objects are intensifiers.
Show three unexpected emotions in every scene.
For instance, in my book Cupid Goes Barnstorming, Rand meets Gloria for the first time. She’s stunning. She has backbone and spirit even if she is one of those new-fangled flappers, and she’s a moocher. Those are his perceptions. His emotions range from she’d complicate his life, he had no money for the gold-digger, but he’d give her the most dangerous job on the planet. (not so much emotions as decisions) - emotions take more time than I have here. But one is definitely unexpected.
Now, if you use flashbacks, throw in the unexpected!
What SCENE do you remember from a book you read (not from a movie)! Does it contain intensifiers?
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ANNE GREENE delights in writing about wounded heroes and gutsy heroines. Her second novel, a Scottish historical, Masquerade Marriage, won numerous awards. The sequel Marriage By Arrangement released November, 2013. A Texas Christmas Mystery also won awards. Anne makes her home in McKinney, Texas. Tim LaHaye led her to the Lord when she was twenty-one and Chuck Swindoll is her Pastor. Anne’s highest hope is that her stories transport the reader to an awesome new world and touch hearts to seek a deeper spiritual relationship with the Lord Jesus. Buy Anne’s books at http://www.Amazon.com. Talk with Anne on twitter at @TheAnneGreene. Visit Anne’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/AnneWGreeneAuthor.