Jon’s review of The Emotional Craft of Fiction: How to Write with Emotional Power, Develop Achingly Real Characters, Move Your Readers, and Create Riveting Moral Stakes > Likes and Comments

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message 1: by Patricia (new)

Patricia Burroughs "He suggests not going to very dark places with your protagonists, because people don't want to read about characters in very perturbed states of mind. "

Then he and I are so obviously on opposite tracks I won't be buying this book. Thank you!


message 2: by Jon (new)

Jon Ureña Patricia wrote: ""He suggests not going to very dark places with your protagonists, because people don't want to read about characters in very perturbed states of mind. "

Then he and I are so obviously on opposite..."


Yeah, he makes some universal statements about things that are mostly his personal preferences. I didn't get that feeling from his previous books.


message 3: by Patricia (new)

Patricia Burroughs It sounds like we're coming from different places re: what I read and write. And that's the problem with teaching preference as doctrine!


message 4: by Terri (new)

Terri I thought he was suggesting that you might be able to convey dark feelings for the reader more effectively if you don't just come out and say "He was in a hell of a dark place," but I'm still just at the beginning of the book, so I may see things differently as I continue.


message 5: by Patricia (new)

Patricia Burroughs He and I are in total agreement about that.


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