Many authors use a creative approach to demonstrate emotions: they describe a character's physical reactions to emotions. As a result, characters are frequently sobbing, shouting, and slamming doors. Their bellies twisted, their hands trembled, and their faces burned. Exasperated gasps and faint moans are heard. Even flowers seem to have emotions in some cases!
Other authors prefer a more intellectual approach, which I find more compelling. They discuss emotions as ideas in the mind. Feelings are seen as judgments that arise when we think about past experiences or imagine future ones.
Either way, emotions are considered important factors in writing fiction. Without them, stories would be dull and uninteresting. Indeed, readers would be bored to tears if not given something to feel emotionally about the events occurring on the page.
Furthermore, emotions serve as indicators that certain events are likely to happen or not. If someone is angry, for example, there is a good chance that he or she will want to fight because fighting usually makes people happy. This knowledge can help writers create dramatic scenes or chapters by putting certain characters in potential conflict with each other or around obstacles that block their path to happiness.
Finally, emotions provide motivation for action. Whether it's to escape from threatening situations or to achieve specific goals, characters often want to feel better physically or mentally.
When writing about furious characters, keep in mind that there is always something underlying the feeling. Anger is often a fleeting emotion. Language of the Body
When writing about furious characters, keep in mind that there is always something underlying the feeling. Physical manifestations of rage include:
Give a character feeling. Describe your feelings. Discuss why they are feeling this way. Discuss why people have difficulty expressing their emotions. Discuss how they plan to deal with it (in a healthy way).
These are just some of the ways characters express themselves emotionally. As writers, we must learn to identify these methods and use them to our advantage when writing scenes or entire stories.
The most common method is probably through dialogue. Characters talk about their feelings all the time. They may not know it, but they're actually telling us more about themselves than they realize. For example: "Gus felt sad when he saw his friend Mike being beat up by Jack." Or "Evan was angry at his brother for leaving home, so he decided to go find him." Or even just "I'm hungry," said Gus, going over to the fridge. "Who's got food?"
Next time you're talking with someone, try observing how they react when they feel something. Do they keep it inside and never say anything? Or do they talk about it? Learning how characters deal with their emotions will help you create more realistic situations where they can't always easily express themselves.
Finally, characters may also show their emotions through action.
You can usually convey your feelings through internal monologue, language, and actions. But every now and again, you'll need to convey the emotion from the perspective of your character. There are virtually limitless methods to express emotion through writing. The most effective method should be evident by its presence in great novels.
Write on how the character's countenance changes when he or she is angry. Anger causes the brows to scrunch together, the forehead to furrow, the lips to tighten, the jaws to clench, and the nostrils to flare. Here are a few more phrases: "hostile gaze," "raged visage," "bared fangs," "curled lip," "clenched jaw."
Describing someone's anger is not as simple as saying they are mad. That's because people express their emotions differently; there is no single way to identify anger. It is best described by its effects—how it manifests itself in behavior. Someone can be angry without showing it overtly, such as through facial expressions. In fact, sometimes that's what people who know them well want to protect others from. They may refrain from saying anything about their friend's outburst because they don't want to make him or her angrier than they already are.
Here are some ways of describing anger that have been used in literature: "fury," "rage," "passion," "vehemence," "violence."
Although many characters in books and movies show their anger via physical action, that isn't always necessary. The written word has a way of bringing out feelings that aren't expressed through actions. Consider these descriptions: "he was filled with rage," "her heart pounded with fury," "his face flushed with passion." These words help readers visualize what it is like to be in the presence of anger.