29 November, 2010

Things That--As A Writer--You Can Make The Reader Feel Like Doing:

Thinking.

Screaming.

Crying.

Moaning at the unfairness of the world.

Hugging someone.

Cherishing they life they have.

Taking action.

Facing their fears.

Grinning.

Scowling.

Laughing.

Sniffling.

Contemplating the world.

All of the above.


Words have power.

Use them.


And for that matter, which do you prefer making the reader feel--as a writer yourself? What would you want the reader to feel after they've read your writing?


-----The Golden Eagle

43 comments:

Old Kitty said...

I guess I'd add "involved"! :-) It's the best I can hope for personally - if I'm able to elicit all these wonderful responses, I'd be beyond happy!!!!

Take care
x

•Swirly Girl• said...

I agree! The novel I'm currently working on would definitely make people realize how lucky they are, and maybe cry, too. :)

Hugs!

Swirly xx

Carol Kilgore said...

I like when my words make people laugh or smile. If it's my intent to make them cry or feel any strong emotion, I like it when the words work.

I try very hard to keep my words from making others feel bad about themselves. That would be a grave misuse of what talent I may have.

Caroline said...

I love this post, Golden Eagle! Oftentimes I end up wanting to hug the characters themselves ^_^

Hmm. Well, I guess what I really want is for people to love my characters. They're so important to me, and I want readers to connect to them. Also I'd like to write something powerful, that might involve someone crying or wanting to hug someone else such as you said:). You're right--words do have power. Something I've been struggling with is conveying the story I have in my mind into words.

So yeah...there's a lot of emotions I want people to feel. But most of all I want to write a story that will make people feel like they're a part of it. Or something like that. I dunno. I'll stop rambling now. XD (see? This proves I can never find the right thing to describe what I mean...*grins*)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I have the power!

What would I want them to feel?
Moved.

Robyn Campbell said...

Oh wow! Fantastic post. This is the kind of post that I say, "I wish I'd written that." And words do have power. Love this. :)

Joanna St. James said...

oh i hope i can make them feel mushy and happy.
I hate it when books make me cry so I would not deliberately write a tear jerking scene.
that said when i read an intense book I have been known to squint and lean into the book like I am going to jump in.

N. R. Williams said...

Good post and absolutely true. I hope the reader loves my characters as much as I do.
Nancy
N. R. Williams, fantasy author

Angie said...

I know. It's like magic, isn't it? It depends on the story what I want the reader to feel, but overall I hope they come away feeling uplifted in some way.

Charles Gramlich said...

I want my readers to be thrilled and think to themselves, "That was pretty cool."

Holly Ruggiero said...

If you write something that can affect someone anyway, it’s worth it. But to end up with a happy, thoughtful is the best.

Colene Murphy said...

I would kill to affect someone with my words in anyway! But mostly I want my reader to feel satisfied. If nothing else, if everything else, just to feel satisfied will please me no end.

Jai Joshi said...

So true! Words have such power. We can change the world with our words.

I like my words to inspire people, to make them know that they can do something good and make a difference.

Jai

Lynda Young said...

Great list. And so true. I'd like my readers to feel satisfyed after reading my writing.

Shannon Whitney Messenger said...

Ooo, beautiful post! I think I most aspire to make someone laugh--which is ironic because my book has a place where everyone cries. But I just think laughter/comedy is such a wonderful achievement. It's always my goal.

Happy Monday!

Cherry said...

i was working on a novel but i quit because that is just something i would do. but i used all those words though! wierd huh?

Nicole Zoltack said...

I try to make my readers feel some kind of emotion. I want to by at their heartstrings. Doesn't matter to me if the readers laugh or cry, just so long as they are moved.

Madeleine said...

All of the above. :O)

Lydia Kang said...

Is it okay if I say, "all of the above"?
;)

Shannon O'Donnell said...

"Satisfied". If I leave a reader feeling satisfied, I think I've done my job. :-)

love your list!

Brian said...

I like the reader to feel their smile from inside the heart!

Gail said...

I would want them to be relaxed and happy from laughing.

Medeia Sharif said...

I hope to entertain people. My writing also tends to be humorous, so I hope to bring joy and laughter.

Jules said...

"Love," can't know or feel the others without the counter emotion :) Loved this post and I think if my words just made someone feel I would be happy. Any emotion is better than numb. :D
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Dominic de Mattos said...

NOT satisfied ... I want my reader hungry for more!!!

Seriously, if my readers CARE I feel my job is done.

Thanks for sharing the thoughts Eagle - spot on as usual!

Maria McKenzie said...

I do like to make people cry when writing a love story. I also like to make people laugh.

erica and christy said...

I love this post! I'm going to use it for my inspirational blog thought to get me writing this week. Thanks! Hmm..mostly I'd love people to laugh, contemplate their lives and their strengths, and feel for my characters. christy

Hayhay said...

Lovely post! :)

I want the readers to feel what the characters themselves are feeling. When it's scary, let them be frightened. When its happy, let them be overjoyed, etc. :) I'd like my readers to laugh out loud.

Arlee Bird said...

I like to make a reader think, while entertaining them and giving them an escape.

Lee
Tossing It Out

Jemi Fraser said...

Great list!!! I want my readers to care about my characters, worry about them, and celebrate when they find that happy ending :)

Clarissa Draper said...

The best feeling ever is when the reader tells you they felt what you wanted them to feel. They got it. They cried when you wanted them to cry; they laughed when you wanted them to laugh. That's the best feeling ever!

CD

Misha said...

Well... Call me evil, but I hope that readers will feel that they want the story to continue...

....Petty Witter said...

Not being a writer I couldn't comment on your question from that particular angle but as a reader I love a book where I come away having learnt something which is probably the reason why I especially love forensic crime novels and historicals.

Talli Roland said...

Oh, the power, the power! Mwah haha! I knew there was a reason I loved writing.

Quinn said...

True. Words do have power. There are lots of things that I hope my readers will feel after reading my writing -- excitement, satisfaction, sadness, grief, terror ... I could probably go on, but basically I want the readers to feel what my characters are feeling.

mist of the blossom rain said...

I really like this post because it helps me think about the emotions that I want my readers to feel. I think I would want them to grin, think, and face their fears.
Words work wonders, that's what this post has really taught me. Your writing has made me think!

Jessica Bell said...

Hmm, all of the above? The more emotions I can make my readers feel the better! I aim for everything! :o)

laughingwolf said...

have a look at charles gramlich's take on word power [link in my sidebar]

Paul C said...

What an interesting perspective. When you have a reader in the palm of your hand, what strings, emotions can you pull?

The Golden Eagle said...

Old Kitty: I would want my readers to feel involved, too. And I agree--I would consider making them feel even just a few of these things an accomplishment!

Swirly: It sounds like a great book! Good luck writing it! :)

Carol: I enjoy it when the reader feels what I've been trying to communicate, too.

No, I wouldn't want my words to make someone feel bad, either. Some books, by nature, are going to be controversial, but I wouldn't want anyone to feel bad after they read what I wrote.

Caroline: I'm glad you liked it, Caroline! :D

I'd feel more satisfied with my writing (can a writer ever be satisfied with their writing?) if I could make the reader feel like they were a part of the story, too.

I think you're good at conveying what you mean! :)

Alex: Yes, you do!

That's a basic thing that I think is one of the most important; if the story doesn't change anything in any way . . . well, then the writing--at least, I think--didn't accomplish what it had set out to do.

Robyn: Glad you like the post!

Thanks for your comment. :)

Joanna: I do that, too. Sometimes if the story is really strong, and something important is happening, I'll act like I'm trying to physically jump into the story. :)

I like to make the reader feel mushy sometimes, too . . .

Nancy: Characters do play a big part in what the reader thinks of a book overall.

I'm sure yours are quite lovable. :)

Angie: That's the best sort of book--the one that lets the reader perceive the world just a little--or a lot--differently than before.

Charles: I've thought that about books I've finished. It's a great feeling, that a book you've read was well-written/fascinating/hooking.

The Golden Eagle said...

Holly: I agree! Happy and thoughtful is one of the best things that a book can make the reader feel afterwards.

Colene: I guess that doesn't leave much room for cliffhangers, does it?

Just kidding. But yes, as a reader, I think that we all want to have something tied up, explained, or otherwise finished when the book ends.

Jai: That's a great feeling to have a book end with. Making a difference is possible--and books are a great way of getting that side of things out to people!

Lynda: Thanks, Lynda!

Satisfaction--an important factor.

Shannon (Whitney Messenger): I'm glad you like it, Shannon!

I like injecting humor here and there, too. A droll, wry tone is my favorite way of doing that. :D

Cherry: No, I don't think it's weird! Expression in writing is a good thing.

But why did you quit?! Keep writing! :)

Nicole: Of course. And sometimes, when we--as writers--think we're tugging at one emotion, we're actually playing on another . . . it's always fascinating when that happens.

Madeleine: Good choice!

Lydia: Definitely! A book that does that is the best kind!

Shannon (O'Donnell): Whoa, two Shannons! Cool. :D

Good point.

Glad you like it!

The Golden Eagle said...

Brian: Wonderful statement. :) Smiles from the heart are the best kind of expression.

Gail: I love it when books make me laugh--it's a great kind of release.

Medeia: I'm sure you do that well! Humor is a definitely a good thing in writing.

Jules: Indeed! Writing should make the reader feel something--it they feel nothing at all then the writing hasn't done anything.

I'm glad you like this post, Jules! :)

Dominic: Making the reader care is definitely important--if they don't care about the story, the characters, the world . . . well, they're most likely not going to come back to the writing.

You're welcome! :) And thanks.

Maria: Books that make me cry are few in-between . . . but when they do, I love them. And ones that make the reader laugh are so enjoyable!

Christy: You're welcome! I'm glad that this post came in handy for you!

Good things to make the reader feel!

Hayhay: Thanks, Hayhay! :)

That's one of the great things about writing, when it makes you feel what the characters are feeling in the story.

Lee: Escape and entertainment--those are both elements that make for a really strong story.

Jemi: Thank you!

Writing that helps the reader actually feel what's going on is quite an accomplishment for the writer. :)

The Golden Eagle said...

Clarissa: I agree! When the reader feels what you want them to feel, when they feel for the characters . . . that's the best feeling. :)

Misha: It isn't evil! If the writing makes the reader want the story to continue, then you know you've go success.

Petty Witter: You write blog posts, and those reach readers!

I like learning things from books, too. Whether it's an even from history, or a life lesson, books that help the reader learn are great to read.

Talli: Power is right! Why else would writers struggle through all that hardship? ;)

Quinn: And characters feel so many different things!

Mist of the blossom rain: Facing their fears--that's one of the highest goals a writer can go for! And the books that do that are so powerful.

I'm glad that this post made you think! That's one of my goals with these writing-centered posts; to help other writers and get them thinking. :)

Jessica: Good for you! And I'm sure that that will come across in your book--which, I might add, I am very eager to read!

Laughingwolf: Gee, do you have everything on your sidebar? :D

I'll have to check out that post!

Paul: So many of them. There are so many possibilities when you have words at your fingertips!