The Sneaky Shortcut to Writing Emotionally Gripping Prose

There is a shortcut to writing emotionally gripping prose. 

Bestselling authors know it. 

That’s how you ended up weeping uncontrollably into a gallon of chunky monkey ice cream on a Friday night over the made up crises of a fictional character who doesn’t even exist. 

Yeah, we’ve all been there.

The shortcut is so simple most writers miss it. After all, this simple little shortcut can’t possibly transform ordinary writing into bestseller level prose.

Except, that it can – and regularly does –  in bestselling novels.

In a moment, I’m going to share this shortcut with you so that you, too, can generate stories with a power keg (as opposed to a glass cage 😉) of emotions.

Why is this shortcut so powerful?

  • It produces in an instant what a dozen or so techniques only generate after considerable mastery
  • It’s simple so it’s easy to do
  • It’s highly reproducible so you can bet on consistently being able to write emotional stories

What is this simple shortcut and how can you apply it immediately to your own writing?

The shortcut can be summed up in the phrase, “Go First”.

 “Go First” means conducting emotional reconnaissance, scouting out the emotional landscape ahead of the reader.

“Wherever you want your reader to go, “Go First”. – Christopher Kokosk

How does this work in reality? 

Here is a actionable step-by-step process:

  1. Before you write a single word, decide upon an emotional outcome. For example, perhaps you want to write a love story that involves loss.
  2. Now that you have your emotional objective, put yourself in a state that matches the emotion you want to produce on the page.
  3. This can be done in a number of ways. You can pretend at loss until it feels authentic much like an actor playing a role. Or, you can remember times in your own life where you felt loss to bring up those feelings again.
  4. Once you are in a matched emotional state, you will naturally infuse the internal and external experience of that feeling into your writing.

See, I told you it was pretty simple.

The “Go First” shortcut works wonders for any emotion: loss, fear, love, hate, romance, humor, terror, humiliation, etc.

Remember, wherever you want your reader to go emotionally, “Go First”. 

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Christopher Kokoski is a speaker, trainer and author of Wicker Hollow and the Past Lives novel series.

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