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Writing With Emotions

Updated on August 12, 2014

The Problem As I See It

If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don't write, because our culture has no use for it.

Anais Nin

I have often said that I want to be a writer who stuns his readers. I am at my happiest when my writing elicits tears from my readers, when my writing elicits gasps from my readers and when my writing creates “Holy Cow” reactions from my readers.

But wanting and doing are two different things.

How does a writer create emotions with words? That is the question we will attempt to answer today. How do we transfer our feelings to our audience, and how do we find a way to bring them inside of our hearts and feel our nerve endings as they respond to a stimulus?

It is not an easy thing to do, and some writers never achieve it, but when and if you do it is a moment unlike any other.

First, let’s take a look at the nature of emotions.

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What Causes Emotions?

There is no easy answer to this question. Even the experts are divided on the exact nature and cause of emotions. After a little research I have found the “experts” believe emotions to stem from one of the following:

  • Somatics: human emotions are caused by the actions of individuals. For example, a person cries and others feel sad when witnessing it.
  • Neurobiology: the brain causes responses that are triggered by serotonin and dopamine to name a few physical stimulants.
  • Cognition: judgments and evaluation are the root causes.
  • Perception: outside influences are meaningful in some way and that brings about an emotion.
  • Affective events: we respond to events, past and present, and our response is an emotion.

Okay, so What Are Emotions?

From Dictionary.com we have this definition:

“an affective state of consciousness in which joy, sorrow, fear, hate, or the like, is experienced, as distinguished from cognitive and volitional states of consciousness.”

Okay, that’s all well and good. So, Mr. Writer, how does a writer create an emotional attachment between the written word and the reader?

First, let me state that I am no expert. I have been told that I accomplish this in my personal essays. I have been told that some have wept, some have laughed, and some have gasped when reading my words, and I accept that to be true. I had to go back over some of my writings to gain an appreciation for why that is. In other words, what comes naturally for me in the flow of my everyday writing obviously triggers something in my readers, but how exactly do I do that?

As best as I can fathom, and based on a little research about this topic, the reactions I receive to my writings are because of one or more of the following.

TAKE ME BACK TO A TIME AND PLACE

It has always been my belief that we humans share many more commonalities than we do differences. No matter our race, creed or beliefs, we are all just humans, and as such we all share the same emotions. My job as a writer is to bring those emotions out through my words, and one way to do that is to relate events in my life that others have experienced.

The death of a loved one….the birth of a child….the joy of victory and the agony of defeat…these are things every single one of us can understand, and often times when we read about someone else’s trials or rewards we associate with them and emotions are triggered.

DESCRIBE AN EMOTION RATHER THAN JUST LABEL IT

Emotions are physical and psychological responses to stimuli. When we feel an emotion, things happen to us physically and mentally. What does that feel like? Does your heart rate increase when you are excited? Do you grow clammy to the touch when afraid? Do the hairs stand up on your neck when you sense danger?

A good writer does not say they were overjoyed. A good writer explains what it feels like to be overjoyed. A good writer does not say they were heartbroken. A good writer finds a way to explain what it feels like to have your heart shattered. There is a huge difference in these two approaches, and it makes a difference in the way your audience receives your words.

CHOOSE YOUR WORDS WISELY

How many words are there in the English language? Somewhere in the neighborhood of 200,000, and that multitude of choices benefits me the writer.

Try to choose words that trigger the response that you seek. Harsh sounding words often signify anger or fear. Soft words signify love or serenity. You do not describe the joy of holding your baby using words with all consonants. It ends up sounding like a drill sergeant reciting a nursery rhyme. Conversely, you do not use soft-sounding words to describe a murder scene. There is nothing soft about murder, so don’t treat it as though it were.

The English language really is a marvel to behold for a writer. How about using it to your advantage?

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REMEMBER WHEN

This relates to the first suggestion. In order for you to trigger emotions in your readers, it is first necessary to remember which emotions you felt in a similar situation.

It would be a disservice to my readers to tell them that I felt sad when my father died when I was nineteen years old. Heck, that would be an insult to the memory of my father as well. I felt like someone had knocked me flat with a pole ax. I felt like my nerve endings had been ripped out, one by one, leaving me almost catatonic. I felt like my world had been shattered and I was aimless and alone.

I felt sad? Please….we can all do better than that! Remember how you felt and then translate that into words. Trust me, your readers will relate.

PACE YOURSELF

Using pace refers to the rhythm of your writing, and using that rhythm properly can produce emotions.

Using short sentences and paragraphs creates a faster pace which is what you want to create if trying to relate fear, anger or suspense. Using longer sentences and paragraphs slows that pace down and creates a more relaxing atmosphere for your readers, which in turn is conducive to relating love, beauty and peace of mind.

In essence, what you are doing is using the flow of words to match the flow of an emotion. When we are fearful or angry, our heartbeats increase and time moves quickly; when we are relaxed and at ease, the reverse is true. Use sentence structure and rhythm to achieve this phenomenon.

USE SETTING TO INFLUENCE EMOTIONS

In other words, paint the scene. You are the director of your motion picture, and it is your job to tell the readers what your scene looks like. If you do that effectively you will stimulate emotions.

If I am describing a murder, I do not simply tell my readers that I entered a house and a dead person was there. I tell them that when I opened the door I smelled a strong, coppery scent mixed with an overpowering sense of rotting. I tell them that the blood splatter led to the back bedroom, and as the smell grew stronger my own heartbeat quickened to the point that I could actually hear my heart pounding against my chest. By the time I get to the body my readers should be ready to hide under the covers. J

THE USE OF VOICE

So much has been written about a writer’s voice, and nowhere is it more important than in emotional writing.

Emotions are painfully and joyfully human. To use a stilted, robotic, or technical voice in writing an emotional scene is akin to going to your wedding in cut-offs and a muscle shirt.

Find your emotional voice and use it. Dig down deep and remember your own emotions in similar situations, and use those emotions to grab your readers.

One of the greatest challenges I have daily is shifting from the technical, SEO content voice I have for customers to the personal, emotional voice I have for readers of my blog and articles. Imagine test-driving a Prius and then test-driving a Porsche. The same thing happens when you contact your personal writer’s voice and relay it to the reader.

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One Final Note

I find it practically impossible to write in a stilted manner. Even when I am writing articles and blogs for customers, my personal side shows itself. I want my voice to be relaxed and sound like an actual human being rather than some computer-generated voice. I think readers relate much better to that approach.

I want to take a moment and thank a friend of mine for giving me the inspiration to write this article. Her name on HubPages is Grandmapearl and you can find her here. Thank you, Connie, and I hope this has helped you and others.

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Lurana Brown 3 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Connecting through our words is what makes a writer an artist! Great piece about tapping into emotions. :-) Lurana

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      mjkearn 3 years ago

      Good Morning Sir Bill

      I take my work very seriously but this writing gig is only finger exercise, LOL.

      So what are you teaching today? Emotions. Well I get very emotional about my writing and sometimes use a whole roll of kitchen towels to dry my eyes after which of course I have to go to the kitchen and make one of Suzie's eye treatments.

      Of course I expect you to believe that!!!!

      Now Sir Bill you know that your writing always gets gasps of "Holy Cow" from me.

      You know Holy Cow what's Sir Bill wittering about now?

      Here's a thought why would you want you writing to sound human? After all don't computers get more traffic.

      I have a thought about how to instill emotion into my readers. Couldn't I just gather them all into a classroom, distribute my work and then dump Pepper Spray into the air con system, LOL.

      Have a great week bud and don't panic too much I might not be back, LOL.

      MJ.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, I can relate to having a hard time switching from technical to emotional writing. My problem is in reverse. I tend to put too much of me in my content writing. Too often, 'me' gets edited out of my SEO articles. It's odd tho: some clients want the personal touch while others want clinical 'just stick to the facts, ma'am' type writing. I find that very droll and stilting. But it is what it is and will be until I can afford to be choosy.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Can you write one on taking the emotion out of our writing?? I tend toward the emotion extreme.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Hi, Bill!

      I agree with you that Connie is definitely an inspiration to us all. Her love for our avian friends is such a wonderful reminder that this earth is a temporal residence for ALL living things.

      Thank you, my friend, for writing this piece. Often, I am deeply moved when I read your writing. I truly believe readers are moved because the writer doesn't set forth with a motive to cause his readers to emote. Rather, it's kinda like the childhood fable about the wind challenging the sun to a competition as to which one of them could cause a man who was walking to take off his coat. The wind blew and blew, but the man just bundled himself up even more against the harsh wind. The sun just smiled and radiated love, and the man was soon perspiring and compelled to take off his coat.

      You write like that sun, SHARING very detailed and descriptive passages with a cadence and imagery that nails home the emotions you experience in real life. And THAT sharing, my friend, is what connects your heart to ours, compelling us in a loving way to share in those emotions.

      I appreciate you and your writing very, very much, Bill! Aloha, and have a wonderful day!

      Joe

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Lurana, good morning, and of course I agree with you. Show me a writer who can do this and I'll show you someone I will follow forever.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Perfect! Like you, I want my writing to convey the emotion that I as feeling. It brings me joy and validation when I see that readers relate! Thank you for all these helpful tips! As part of the apprenticeship program, we are told to be careful how we express our personal opinions. Although, I have altered my genre a bit, I have found it difficult to change my voice! Up+++, my friend!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MJ, I think for some writers the pepper spray idea is as close as they will ever get. LOL

      Hey, there are a lot of emotions in car repair.....every time you scrape your knuckles I'll bet there are some serious emotions in that garage. True? LOL

      Thanks buddy and if you don't come back that just means Suzie and I will talk about you incessantly.

      Have a great week, MJ!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, it's an interesting change we content writers must undertake daily, and it is difficult. I am blessed with some good customers who enjoy the personal touch I give their blogs.

      Have a great week my friend.

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, I'm not sure I can do that. LOL I like your writing just fine, buddy.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joe, as always, thank you for the very kind words. I have been given a voice that others respond to. I'm not sure I could describe the process but for me it is not a conscious one....it just is!

      I love my life, buddy. I love the good and the bad, and I love the memories and how they make me feel....and I guess that just comes out in my words.

      Have a great walk this morning. Rain is on the way.

      Aloha,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Randi, I was very grateful when the apprenticeship program turned me down. :)

      Thank you my friend and I hope you have a great day.

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      I am with you bill and can't just write in a stilled manner. When I share, I need to paint a vivid picture even if in essence I am not artist and couldn't truly paint to save my life, I still need to paint said picture with my words. So, I truly couldn't agree more with you on this one!! Voted and shared as always and hope you are enjoying your Monday now!!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Great article Bill!!!

      I cannot imagine ever reading a hub written by you that does not evoke some type of emotion, which is a good thing! I would expect no less from you.

      It is certainly gratifying when one does get those responses to one's writing no doubt!

      You have given an excellent example when you were writing of your father's death.

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      This is information and advice that most writers could use! In the novel I need to start typing up and editing again (I haven't touched it in months), there are a few scenes I need to take a good look at, and insert words that really explain the emotions in the story. Once I get back to it, it will be easier to refresh, since it has been a while since I have written it. I can look at it more objectively. I will probably be coming back for much more inspiration once I get around to it, because I don't want to even think about attempting to publish it if it isn't "just right".

      Thank you, Bill, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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      kevina oyatedor 3 years ago

      There are times when im crying or laughing when writing. Great hub.

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      Donna Brown 3 years ago from Alton, Missouri

      When I was reading about what you were saying about voice, I thought about my own writing and how my best emotional scenes in my fiction were written when I was going through similar emotional situations. For me as a person, the emotional exploration was very therapeutic and at the same time, turned out to be some of my best prose. Its as though I was bleeding a part of myself onto each page.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, there are some of us who are literally incapable of writing with an impersonal voice....and I wouldn't have it any other way. :)

      Thank you as always and I hope you are enjoying your day.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Faith. This is me....I would not be the writer I am today if it were not for my ability to touch the hearts of my readers.

      blessings always,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kevina, those are the times that you are closest to the hearts of the great writers of our times. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      cygnetbrown, I have heard it said before, that we bleed on the page, and I believe you are very right, that some of our best writing occurs when we do that.

      Thanks for a great personal example.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathryn, sometimes walking away from a novel for awhile is the best thing we can do. I did that with my novel...walked away for six month. And I haven't touched my new novel now for a month. It is necessary for my words to form themselves so that all I have to do is be the transcriber. :)

      I had a very nice weekend my friend and I hope you did as well.

      bill

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      Shelley Watson 3 years ago

      Thank you, I am stilted when writing and I sound as though I'm lecturing. So boring I know but using your guidelines I continue to try very hard to find my voice and flow. You are a wonderful teacher Bill, imparting what the knowledge one needs to improve the craft both graciously and eloquently. Up and across.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shelley, thank you! This is not an easy concept for many writers to grasp, so don't feel alone. I think you might be a bit tough on yourself for you are not a stilted writer, and you are aware of what you need to do...it will come with time.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Ah emotions . . something I know well being a very emotional gal. I love putting my own experiences into my writing to show validation but sometimes find it hard to really use emotion or emotive words, even when I want to. This piece is another masterclass from you my Yoda and you have such a gift of making things appear simple and obvious. I love it, thanks for the wisdom!

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      mylindaelliott 3 years ago from Louisiana

      I try to put emotion into my writing. Sometimes I'm successful and sometimes I'm not. When it comes together it seems like magic though.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      mylinda, you said it perfectly. When it comes together it is magic. :) May we both have many more magical moments.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzi, it is my pleasure. I like helping others, and especially friends and you, my dear, are a friend. :)

      Your tribute will be out Wednesday.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

      I think it takes a lot of courage to write with emotion. It is a bit like having to bare your soul for the entire world to see - getting up real close and personal! Personally I think it is easier to do - if you think you are addressing strangers - which none of is on these pages. You always give me food for thought Billybuc. I rather like the idea of a group of writers doing some collaborative writing on just this subject just to see what gems they might produce.

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      Denise W Anderson 3 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      Wow! This is powerful stuff! It has helped me when I am writing to read it back as if I am the reader, and the way I know I have done it right is if I can visualize what I have written as I am reading it. Like you, I prefer to write in such a way that the emotion is evoked, rather than simply saying that it is felt. It is amazing what happens then!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sally, I guess I just reached the point where I no longer cared if others judged me, and I also realized that there are people who relate to what I write and appreciate the honesty in my words.....I found my path and there is no turning back. :) Thank you for the visit my Norfolk friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Denise, it is amazing and I am so happy that I am a writer and able to relate to others....what a great gift we have been given. :) Thank you!

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      Poon Poi Ming 3 years ago from Malaysia

      I know nothing about somatics, neurobiology, cognition, or perception. All I know is that whenever the policeman issue me a traffic offence ticket, it evokes very strong emotions in me. Is it any wonder, then, that I'm trying very hard to write like a policeman?

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Good morning Bill ~ I'm so excited about this hub! Everything you've brought to the reader, I bring to the singer and pianist.

      I can't thank you enough for all that I learn from you. I'm getting eager to start my book.:)

      Loads of love and big hugs to get you through the day!

      Audrey

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      P. Thorpe Christiansen 3 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

      Excellent Hub. Lots of useful information. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL....Walter, you did it again. I'm laughing out loud while I sit here by myself. You are too funny! Write like a policeman indeed my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey, that is a perfect analogy and thank you for mentioning it. A singer will never be successful if they do not elicit emotions from their rendition of a song. Beautiful thoughts.

      Thank you my dear. I hope you are well and happy.

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      duffsmom, you are very welcome, and thank you for stopping by my site.

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      rdsparrowriter 3 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this Bill :) This is very useful :) God bless you!

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      DJ Anderson 3 years ago

      Great information, Bill. I appreciate all this super information that you give out for free.

      Thank you,

      DJ.

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      Martie Coetser 3 years ago from South Africa

      Bill, You are a born teacher. This is a superb lecture about producing emotions with words. It all comes down to 'don't tell, But show'.....

      I read many hubs with lots of space for improvement in this specific field. And I myself might fail to be the best I can be due to the fact that English is not the language of my thoughts and emotions.

      Excellent hub to be taken to heart,

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you rdsparrowriter, and may God bless you as well. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, you are very welcome but whoever said it was for free. The bill is in the mail. LOL

      Thank you!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martie, I tell you true....if you did not tell me that English is not your primary language I would have no idea. It is remarkable that you are able to span languages and write so well.

      Thank you for the visit and kind words.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      I am sure you have helped many writers with this hub. It is so easy to forget you need to paint the picture for other eyes to see. You know what you mean and its good to be reminded you need to let others in on the secret, descriptively!

      I hope I write with a personal touch. I will be more mindful now.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and shared.

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      Abby Campbell 3 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Your emotional writing is how I found you, Bill, and I'm so glad I did. ;) I enjoy your writing very much. I would love to grow up and be an emotional writer one day. Right now, I'm more of a technical writing (non-fiction). I'm just counting the days for me to get more into my emotions and hopefully bring that out of others. As it seems right now, our world is lacking in empathy, sympathy, compassion, passion, care, and love. We need more writers like you to evoke their emotions. ;)

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Bill, another great lesson, I'm naturally very emotional, so I tend to hold back. However, I do try to make use of my emotion when writing poems, I hope it translates, but we are always learning and hopefully evolving. This is informative and very useful hub.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Billybuc, thanks for another good lesson! Emotional writing can be appealing to the reader, but can be intimidating for the writer. I appreciate your help here.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, you have a very relaxed writer's voice that comes across as an old friend sitting and chatting. Your personal touch is alive and well my friend.

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Abby, that is a very sweet thing of you to say, and I thank you. We all have our strengths. I find your articles very technical and yet very easy to understand, and not every technical writer can do that. When the day comes for you to get in touch with emotions, you will be ready.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, you made an excellent point about your writing. Your poetry flows with emotions, which leads me to believe that is your favorite genre in writing. It certainly shines through brilliantly.

      And yes, my friend, we are always learning and evolving, and how exciting is that? :)

      Thank you and blessings to you always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dora, it is not easy for everyone and it actually can take a toll on the writer. I now only do one emotional article per week because I need lightness and joy in my life. :) Thank you for pointing that fact out.

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      Heidi Thorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

      Of course use emotions in writing! We're writing to connect with other humans, not machines. Emotions create action! And isn't that what we want? Great hub, as usual.

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      Connie Smith 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Billy, I have been looking forward to this all day long! I had to wait for the high winds to calm down before I could reboot my internet connection, but it was certainly worth the wait.

      I have learned so much from your examples and explanations here, and I thank you for clearing out the cobwebs from my attic! LIGHTBULB!

      This is awesome and I am bookmarking it for future reference. I am sure I will revisit many times.

      You are an excellent teacher, and I am very grateful for your friendship. Voted Up across the board and shared. It was very sweet of you to mention me as your inspiration. Thank you my friend ;) Pearl

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      A reflection of a personal side in writings shows that a writer truly cares about what he/she writes and thinks about the reader who is going to read. A great write informative and useful.

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Billy,

      Well, I have an overactive emotional sensor inside of me... I can't help it, I cry hard and laugh harder. People like me can truly appreciate people like you whose reading doesn't make me feel like I'm staring at a piece of bread. You're reading is always comfortable and inspiring.

      Keep writing and I'll keep laughing or crying :D

      Have a wonderful day!

      Cat

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      Brian Leekley 3 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Up, Useful, Interesting, and shared with followers. Excellent advice.

      When I had written the first few drafts of my novel THE SON WHO PAID ATTENTION, I sent a copy to a book editor and paid for her professional advice. Her main criticism was that I had left out emotions. I told or showed what my characters said and did and described the settings, but I left out feelings. I turned my attention to that, and soon my beta readers were telling me, as compliments, about sharing the grief, dismay, love, anguish, pride, and other feelings of my characters. I acted like an actor, pretending to be my characters in their situations and imagining their feelings and how those would show.

      You mentioned some tools for expressing emotions -- choice of words, pace, etc., and those all help. The main thing, in the words of Natalie Goldberg in her books on creative writing, is to "go for the jugular", to "dive right into" scary and naked emotions.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Heidi, that's what I want for sure. :) Thanks for giving it some emphasis!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pearl, I was happy to write this for you. It was a great idea and I'm glad you suggested it....as for mentioning you, I'm all about giving back to this community in any way that I can.

      Thank you my friend. You are appreciated.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vellur, you summarized perfectly what I was trying to say. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cat, if I can keep you from thinking about a piece of bread then I have done my job as a writer. :) Thank you as always. Keep laughing and crying...it's good for the soul you know. :)

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brian, I wholeheartedly agree. Thanks for adding to my suggestions. I unashamedly go for the jugular with my personal pieces. I want the reader crying, or showing some other emotion. That's the connection I have always sought.

      Thank you as always my friend.

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      If I'm not feeling it, I sure as heck can't write it so I'm all for genuine articles filled with emotions. Might be why I enjoy reading rants :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, I read you loud and clear. I don't mind rants even if I don't agree with the points made; at least I know they felt it.

      Thank you for the visit.

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      Sheri Dusseault 3 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Hey Bill, that was a good one. I find when writing my novel..(well...novels ) I get so emotionally involved with my characters..(people I and situtuations I made up) that I need to walk away! Whew! I have one character that is such a badass that I hate him! I sometimes wonder is I have the balls to be a fiction writer...."ariticles" are so vanilla and easy compared to that. Anyway..I just finished one of the very best fiction novels I have ever read...don't know how I missed this jem as it is very famous. Lonesome Dove is the name. Man oh man that author does just what you are talking about in this hub! Thanks for helping all us wanna-be's keep on keeping on.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      You know I came here screaming, that is all I wanted to do, to let others know of the injustices I had seen and been through. Poetry? Who me? hahaha...Once it grabbed me though it was using those rages I had for the injustices and I think you come from the same place with feeling so intense and they do come through, I see that in your writing.

      I have mellowed but the fire is still there when stoked. lol

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheri, I have read that book but it's been a long time. I'll have to pick it up again to see what you are referring to.

      Thanks for the visit. I only do one emotional hub per week now. I found it was affecting my attitude when I did any more. I couldn't separate myself from my writing. :) Tomorrow is my one emotional hub and then I'll give myself a break the rest of the week.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, I love the fire that burns inside of you and I love it in every writer who takes a chance and let's the emotions flow......that's where I got my love of writing, from the greats who could heat up my blood with their words.

      Keep the fire stoked my friend, and thank you!

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      Madeleine Salin 3 years ago from Finland

      Thank you Bill! You have given me something to ponder. I keep learning so much by reading your hubs.

      Have a great week!

      Madeleine

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great idea for a hub and you always find something which we can learn from to write about voted up, interesting, and useful.!

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      Deonne Anderson 3 years ago from Florence, SC

      Thanks for sharing such practical and vital information with me and your readers. You touched on some very good points we need to consider when writing. The challenge for me is in describing scenery and settings. Perhaps you will consider doing a hub on that someday. Great hub!! Voted up and sharing.

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      alocsin 3 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I think many writers see non-fiction and fiction writing as different and automatically put emotional content in the latter and not in the former. But there's no reason you can't use fiction techniques to add drama and emotional content to hubs. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Made, thank you for stopping by. I hope you are well and happy and enjoying the summer months.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DDE, I try....and I'm happy when someone tells me that a hub of mine has helped them. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lady, I will indeed consider such a hub. Thank you for the suggestion and for stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Aurelio, I agree completely. I think it is a facet that can add to hubs greatly. Thank you for pointing that out.

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      Barbara Kay Badder 3 years ago from USA

      billybuc, You are giving us an entire free writing course. Thank you. You did a great job on the Alzheimers article instilling emotion. I know that it made most people cry, but it made me feel at peace with the thought of the disease. Probably because you loved this friend and that he still thought life was good.

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Thank you for the very useful hubs!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Barbara, that peace that you write about is what I wanted to instill in everyone. We all die; it's how we live that truly counts.

      Thank you as always.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      vkwok, I'm glad to be of assistance. Thank you!

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      “Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”--this suits you very well Bill. I should remember to put my tag line as and whenever appropriate.

      Thank you very much for this very useful and emotional hub *smile*. Another one on the bookmark and I will remember the lessons in heart when I write next.

      Love from the sky~

      P.S. Voting up++, pinning and sharing.

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      livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Another excellent and interesting hub Bill. Thank you so much for this. I have to tell this again, I learn something new about writing every time I read your hubs.

      Hope you are having a great week.

      Sending you Blessings :-)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dahlia, if you learn from my articles then I am a very satisfied writer. Thank you for giving me confirmation and affirmation.

      Hugs coming your way

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cris, you are one who is in touch with her emotions. I'm sure if you channel those you can write some powerful articles. I already know you are an excellent writer.

      blessings and a hug coming your way

      bill

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      rose-the planner 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      This is an excellent article with very thoughtful and valuable tips. The information you have provided will help many to produce more emotions with their writing. Thank you for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is great, your emotions come through even when teaching writing skills. Thank you so much...

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, thank you; your emotions shine through in every one of your poems.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rose, I'm happy to hear that. Thank you very much.

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      Attention, Hubpage readers, Attention! Wanna be an effective writer? Then read every one of Bill's 'writing' hubs - more than once - and you will have a very useful platform to refer to. Promise!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj, there you go again making me blush. :) Thank you!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I need to read your writing advice hubs many times, Bill. They contain so much useful information and are a wonderful resource for writers.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alicia, thank you so much. I am more than happy to share what I know with this great community.

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      Mark Johann 3 years ago from Italy

      This is a great hub. I am thinking of making my write ups with the basis of some ideas here.

      Thanks for sharing billybuc. :)

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Excellent advice.

      I liked how you included the factual basis to human responses with the literary advice to convey/evoke emotions.

      Your writing is always personal and it feels just like having a private tutor.

      Anna :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark, you are very welcome, and thank you for stopping by. Good luck with this exercise.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, that is the nicest compliment you could pay me and my writing. That is what I try to make it sound like, so thank you!

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      Poon Poi Ming 3 years ago from Malaysia

      Excellent advice.

      I liked how you included the factual basis to human responses with the literary advice to convey/evoke emotions.

      Your writing is always personal and it feels just like having a private tutor.

      Walter :))

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Bill - Your welcome. You do it very well.

      WalterPoon - I hear an echo..............

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ahhh, Walter, good evening my friend, and thank you very much. A very subdued comment on your part. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, I thought it was my imagination. LOL I heard an echo too.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Your hubs always make me think about my writing Bill. I was going to comment that my recipe and craft hubs have nothing to do with creating emotions, but then again, maybe they do....a recipe that brings back a nice memory or a child's craft that warms a grandparent's heart. Interesting hub Bill and thought provoking too. Thanks.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, you took the words right out of my mouth. If you can elicit memories from your recipes and crafts, then people will keep coming back for more. Make it personal and they will come. :)

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      Poon Poi Ming 3 years ago from Malaysia

      Anna, it's more of an echo. It's an affirmation. By the way, plagiarism is the sincerest form of flattery...

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Walter, it is indeed. :)

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      Poon Poi Ming 3 years ago from Malaysia

      Billybuc, you are right about Glimmer taking the words right out of your mouth when she said that your hub always make her think about her writing. As a matter of fact, your hubs always make us think about our writing. No wonder, our output has dwindled. You have done well, my friend, LOL.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Walter, too much thinking and not enough writing will make Walter a dull boy. LOL Pick up that pen, or sit down at that computer, and kick out those words.

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      marion langley 3 years ago from The Study

      Another writer's block blasted to oblivion; thank-you for restoring my joy in creative writing! Fly little novel, fly!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marion, fly indeed! Good luck with that novel and your dreams.

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      Poon Poi Ming 3 years ago from Malaysia

      Billybuc, when quality knocks at the door, quantity flies out of the window. I know some Malaysian political writers, such as Lim Kit Siang, wrote their best work in a prison cell without windows. I'm thinking of a way to get in. Without windows, and with free food and free lodging to boot, I can focus on my writing without having to bother about my daily meals. Where else can you find free steamy cooked food?

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Walter, I'm thinking for some that that is a great deal. You would definitely be able to write about genders from prison. :)

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      Marissa D. Carnahan 3 years ago from Nevada

      Bill, your hubs are so relatable to just about anyone! They are always so informative and inspiring. Can I be like you when I grow up? :) No, really.

      Marissa

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      Victoria Raquel 3 years ago from Tejas

      This was so extremely useful. I'm hoping to regain my love for writing and I always feel best when I know the tricks of the trade. Hopefully, I've already picked up naturally on some of these, but I'm sure that others will be much more deliberate for me. Thanks for the useful hub.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marissa, you are too funny. I think you are doing quite nicely without my guidance. Anyone your age who considers going into the Peace Corps is alright in my book. :) Thank you young lady and I hope you are having a fun summer.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lavender, thank you and thanks for the following. I'll have you know that lavender is my favorite plant and it was highlighted in my novel. Anyway, thanks for stopping by and if I can ever be of any help to you on HP just let me know. I was a teacher and in many ways I still am. :)

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      Poon Poi Ming 3 years ago from Malaysia

      Lavender is a brand name and the queen of cakes in my hometown. It's too pricey for me and I give myself a treat once in a while, whenever my sisters buy them, LOL.

      Writing with emotion really sounds good but I'm wary of overdoing it to the extent of causing a commotion. One Malaysian woman recently commented on Facebook that she wanted to puke when she heard the King asking the people to accept the recent rigged election results. She was arrested under the Sedition Act. How I wish I could live in a country where... never mind, LOL.

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      Poon Poi Ming 3 years ago from Malaysia

      "Recent rigged election results" should read as "allegedly recent rigged election results", but read between the lines, LOL.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Walter, something tells me that your anecdote is true, and if it is.....just amazing. Sedition? How about free speech?

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Walter, I would be very careful about what you write. That country sounds a bit unstable to say the least.

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      Poon Poi Ming 3 years ago from Malaysia

      Billybuc, the Malaysian Constitution only guarantees the freedom to speak. It is silent about freedom AFTER speaking. So if you choose to speak, speak as much as you want because once you stop, you will be put behind bars for 2 years without trial, to be renewed indefinitely at the pleasure of the Home Minister. So does the 2 years mean anything at all?

      So do you find it surprising that we've developed the art of writing between the lines into a fine art?

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Not at all, Walter. My life suddenly looks very good. :)

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      Poon Poi Ming 3 years ago from Malaysia

      Billybuc, that was what I was telling you all along, LOL.

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      Poon Poi Ming 3 years ago from Malaysia

      "A petty thief is put in jail. A great brigand becomes a ruler of a nation." -- Zhuangzi

      (CAVEAT: I'm talking about China, not Malaysia, LOL.)

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      Poon Poi Ming 3 years ago from Malaysia

      Billybuc, read this from my website. Look at the young girl in handcuffs.

      http://malaysiafactbook.com/Ong_Sing_Yee

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Walter. I'll take a look at it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gutsy girl!

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      Poon Poi Ming 3 years ago from Malaysia

      "Even if the Enactment is contrary to the Constitution, the Enactment is not void." — Malaysian Federal Justice Mohamed Suffian Mohamed Hashim in Assa Singh vs. Chief Minister of Johore state (Malaysia)

      LOL... you don't need to know law to become a Malaysian Federal Justice!

      http://johor-bahru-directory.com/Assa_Singh_v._Men...

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Evidently not, Walter! There's always room for you here in America should you decide you'd like to sleep better at night. :)

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      Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

      The best literature is the one that engages our five senses. If the writing does not evoke emotions, it is a crap. It is necessary to paint the scene and give a proper voice. Thanks for sharing your expertise. You are a wonderful writing instructor.

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      Will English. 3 years ago from Marietta, Georgia.

      It's kind of hit or miss when I try to do this in my work. People are just affected by different things. Anyway, good hub. *voted up and shared*.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You said it perfectly, Vinaya. Thank you for the vote of confidence and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Will, it's hit and miss for many. There are times when emotional writing simply is not called for. Thank you for sharing. I greatly appreciate it.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Just this morning, I was told that one of my pictures elicited tears. Yes, that is what I am striving for with my nature photos--emotion at the highest degree. Truly, that was the highest compliment that I could receive.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, those kinds of comments can feed our soul for weeks. Well done!

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      Poon Poi Ming 3 years ago from Malaysia

      Willsummerdreamer: "It's kind of hit or miss when I try to do this in my work."

      Spot on! I was looking at my traffic figures last night and those hubs such as International Lying which I don't think would interest many people were on top, while those that I think people might be interested were way down.

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      Poon Poi Ming 3 years ago from Malaysia

      Aviannovice: "Just this morning, I was told that one of my pictures elicited tears."

      Congratulations, Avian... I still haven't succeeded in becoming a tearjerker. I once tried to write a tragedy and everyone laughed.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Walter, I experience the same thing constantly. There are no predictions in writing that will bear fruit the way we predict them.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Walter, perhaps that is your new niche. LOL

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      Poon Poi Ming 3 years ago from Malaysia

      Billybuc, perhaps you are right! I find it so difficult to tell a lie with a straight face but when one is hiding behind the computer screen, it's a different kettle of fish altogether. Ooopphhhhs, behind the computer screen or in front?

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Walter, be careful with those fish near the computer. They will stink up high heaven. :)

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Walter. I have tried tragic material. I can do it, but I really don't enjoy it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, that's so nice of you to respond to Walter. He gets lonely sometimes and need interaction with others. :)

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Very useful hub with a lot of fantastic suggestions. Voted up. I loved the examples that you used and demonstrated.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Liz! I hope theses suggestions help others.

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      Poon Poi Ming 3 years ago from Malaysia

      Billybuc, far from it! I came here to support you but if you don't like it, I can give it a miss, LOL.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Walter, I always love your visits. You always give me a laugh which is greatly appreciated.

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      Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

      Hey my friend~what a great article on how to produce emotions in our writing. This is what we all strive for, having our readers come into our world, our feelings, our experience. I am saving this hub in bookmarks so I can be sure to stay on track, especially when I'm writing poetry. Thanks very much for sharing your great writing wisdom with us. Your the best Billy.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Minnetonka, good to see you dear lady. Thanks for the kind words. You are such a good writer. I would love to see you submit some of your work. Who knows, right? :)

      blessings to you always

      bill

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      Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

      Hi Again my friend. Where do you think I should submit my writing if I may ask? Not sure what you meant.

      Blessings to you too and hope your having a great night.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MInnetonka, there are a number of magazines that accept poetry if that is what you want to submit....they don't pay as much as feature stories, but quite a few mags like the poems for what they call "filler".....there are also quite a few free poetry contests that are worth looking at.

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      Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

      Very cool~I appreciate you sharing this information with me. Can I Google these sites or how do I find them? I would really love to submit some of my work. I forgot to say this earlier,but thanks so much for the great compliment on my writing. It means a lot to me coming from such an incredible writer.

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      lovedoctor926 3 years ago

      Hi Bill, you make very good points. Your energy and passion for certain causes and social issues stirs feelings of love, compassion, empathy, gratitude as well as strong emotions depending on what the cause is. The message in both you hubs and videos are very powerful. Your passion & enthusiasm helps others to achieve success. voted+++ up. Doc

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Minnetonka, you can spend a great amount of time googling, but if I were you I would pick up a copy of the Writer's Market....there you will find everything you need for most publications and their submission guidelines. :) And you are very welcome.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Doc, that is my hope. I want other writers to feel my words and realize that they can do it as well. Writing takes practice just like any other craft.

      Thank you as always my friend. You are a good person.

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      Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

      Hey Billy~this is so great to get this information because Laura, her daughter and I have been talking about getting our writing in contest's but didn't know how. It's neat to see how my sister's daughter has the same love of writing as we do. She is amazing too as I believe you know because you just read her poem on my cancer journey. Anyhoo, thanks again my friend for pointing us in the right direction. This opens up another great opportunity as writers. Have a great weekend Billy :-)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Minnetonka, best of luck to you my friend. I'm happy that I was able to help you in some small way.

      Have a wonderful weekend and blessings to you and yours.

      bill

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      sheny 2 years ago

      Hello Bily

      Read your articles, they are great... hope to see more from you :)

      I am working on the characteristics of emotive prose... can you please guide me in this regard??? If you have some time to spare kindly suggest some work of yours or any writer you have read or like that might come in handy,please

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Sheny!

      You may have stumped me. I've heard of emotive prose but I'm not familiar enough with it to give you a good answer. I'm sorry.

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