A novel without emotion isn’t very interesting. My favorite novels are the ones that make me feel something. The ones that evoke emotion. Emotion is such a crucial part of a novel. But it’s not always easy to write with emotion.
One way to learn a new writing skill is to read books about the craft of writing. It can also be helpful to read samples of the writing skill you are trying to develop. However, I’ve found the best way is to practice and try it for yourself.
If you find yourself struggling to write with emotion into your novels, try one (or all!) of these emotion prompts.
5 Writing Prompts that Will Help You Write With Emotion
Each prompt is meant to help you explore a different emotion. They all end mid-sentence giving you the freedom to write whatever you want. My intent is to provide you enough to get started but not too much. I don’t want to limit possibilities or stifle creativity.
- The baby looked up at his new mother and…(joy)
- The funeral was over. The pastor approached the young widow and said… (sorrow)
- The car started to lift. It was going to roll. I griped the steering wheel and…(fear)
- I opened the letter. I didn’t get in. Swallowing hard…(disappointment)
- He dumped me. Just like that. I started to…(anger)
Which prompt will you practice first?
If there are other emotions you are trying to write better, don’t be afraid to create your own prompts! Or if there is one emotion you really want to work on, do several prompts that help you explore that specific emotion. Happy writing!
I’d love to hear in the comments if you found these prompts helpful. Feel free to share your responses too. Don’t forget to save them to Pinterest for future reference!