Journalist, television writer (Charmed, Sliders, Poltergeist), and bestselling author Robert Masello describes how to create an emotional connection between your readers and your characters.
Memoir author Zoe Carter shares her experiences in writing about her mother's death, including how she overcame the procrastination that arose as she delved into the emotions of her story. Zoe also discusses how writing a memoir helps the author further evaluate the deeply personal emotional experience.
Author, travel writer and workshop speaker Nick O'Connell shares how he expresses imagery and emotion in unique ways while writing about travel.
Patty Blue Hayes, author and life coach, was pushed to revisit her dream to be a writer when her life took an unfortunate and sudden turn. What started as an emotional outpouring in a journal, eventually turned into a book that chronicles her difficult journey through grief, heartbreak and loss, due to the dissolution of her marriage. Too painful to immediately edit and publish, she put the story aside and was able to self-publish Wine, Sex and Suicide at a later time on her terms, and when she was fully ready.
Inspired by true events that he viewed on a news program one morning, Noam J. Dromi, Co-President of Legion of Creatives, knew he had to pitch his idea to turn the emotional and heartwarming story of an injured dolphin into a film. The five-year journey that he experienced in seeing his idea for Dolphin Tale from screenplay to film was filled with its fair share of challenges, but the journey ended with the successful production of a hit movie.
Sure, writing can bring out the extreme in any great author, but listen to best-selling author David Wilkinson talk about his highs and lows of the emotional rollercoaster that is his writing "routine" and see if you can laugh, then find your place that brings you balance and consistency.
According to Noam J. Dromi, Co-President of Legion of Creatives, at the end of the day stories live and die by characters. Incorporating relatable characters into a story will not only grab the audience, but will also provide inspiration to the writer. The story idea itself can be big and juicy, but if it's not grounded in characters that the writer can really care about, it can be difficult to get from start to finish. Other ways that writers can find writing inspiration is to always be curious, be an avid reader, and pay attention to the ideas or stories where they feel an emotional connection.
Inspired by his participation in Machinima - using computer graphics for cinematic production - author, John D. Gwinner, took the next step to better understand the format for writing a full screenplay. He learned that the key to good storytelling in a screenplay is to illicit emotions through actions and to create impactful dialogue, both of which can translate well into a manuscript for a book, if a writer wishes.