Using an emotion wheel to improve your writing

Creating strong characters depends on putting feelings and emotions into words on the page. Physical traits and character backstory can help create a vivid character, but it is how they behave to a situation that really makes them come alive.

This emotion wheel can help you determine how a character will act in a given scene.

Is your character embarrassed? Does he feel ridiculed or annoyed? From the outside of the circle toward the center, he is feeling a mixture of sadness, anger, and disgust. How is he going to act? Will he lash out? Will he walk away? Will he swallow his feelings and extend a hand and a smile?

As the writer, you get to choose.

Looking for more help – check out this website for a cheat sheet on body language.

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  1. […] vivid character, but it is how they behave to a situation that really makes them come alive. (Click here to read […]

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