I hope you'll enjoy the workshop and that you will join in and get quite emotional :)
Love; Joy; Surprise; Anger; Sadness; Fear.
As an unrelated extra, I found this link to exclamations that help express emotion in dialogue
- Who is it about? -- which character owns this scene. POV
- What happened? -- story
- When did it take place? -- era
- Where did it take place? -- place
- Why did it happen? -- theme
- How did it happen? -- plot
Who is my target audience?
Which music and movies affect you most?
These are the songs and movies stored in your emotional memory.
Would the majority of your target audience be familiar with any of them?
For you to hit the universal nerve, you need to draw on the songs and movies with the most universal appeal or reaction.Just the mention of the title should alert the reader to awaken a particular emotion.
Since I love the era of the movie musicals my target audience will need to be familiar with the 50s movies.
But when thinking about this 'young love' scene filled with joy and expectation, the movie 'Carousel' (1956) came to mind, even though my story is unrelated.
Which song affected me?
I love the cheerful song from Carousel, This Was a Real Nice Clambake.
I'll see if I can use this title to create
a joyful mood. The reader should feel warm and happy.
Tomorrow! He'd kissed her and said he'd see her again, tomorrow.
Cindy hugged herself tightly, twirling and swirling around the room. This Was a Real Nice Clambake throbbed in her veins. She hummed softly at first and then, throwing her head back, burst into song, allowing the lilting melody to take her breath away. Clambake, she sang between gasps. Giddy, she slumped to the floor. Tears spilled onto her smile. Tomorrow she'd summon the courage; she'd say those three little words. #
I could have used The Hills Are Alive with The Sound of Music or some other well known joyful song.
Or reverse the emotion
Drawing on the same joyful song title, you can have your character show an altogether different emotion.
In my Historical Novel, The Unhewn Stone, I use the song Money, Money, Money by Abba to create joy through ironic humour. I loved having medieval peasants follow my modern Swiss time traveller in the ancient square of Altdorf, singing those words. Soon this 14th century crowd was happily humming and whistling along with 21st century Stefan.
So, over to you!
Which music or movie will you draw on to create your strong emotion and put your reader in the mood?
I'll be popping back regularly to comment on your examples.