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Offline Hunter

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How can I show a character's emotion in dialogue?
« on: September 27, 2017, 10:05:39 PM »
I need some advice/help showing a character's emotion in dialogue.
Any help will be greatly appreciated!

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Re: How can I show a character's emotion in dialogue?
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2017, 10:23:36 PM »
*In a screenplay.

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Re: How can I show a character's emotion in dialogue?
« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2017, 07:55:57 PM »
Get the Emotion Thesaurus to start. Search Amazon.

1. By not describing the emotion but showing it through the actions of the character.

2. In dialogue show the characters reactions to what happens.

There is a ton of info out there if you look for it. You'll have 110 pages in a screenplay as opposed to 400 pages in a novel, so you really have to be on your game.

Syd Field wrote one of the bibles on screenplays. Look it up.

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Re: How can I show a character's emotion in dialogue?
« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2017, 05:32:55 AM »
I don't think that it needs to be rocketscience, simply writing,
telling how somebody speaks.

With a trembling voice, heavily breathing (running) shouting

'It's a Lion!' :)

 



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Re: How can I show a character's emotion in dialogue?
« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2017, 06:32:31 AM »
Yes, the Emotion thesaurus is an excellent tool.  You can buy it from Amazon.  There are three books, positive and negative traits thesaurus, as well.  I have all three.  A word of caution, don't copy direct from it.  The descriptions may not be true to your story. Think carefully before using the suggestions, otherwise your book will begin to sound like a Thesaurus.   :D

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