Thursday, August 1, 2013

Please Pass The Tissues


A movie is known to move people in ways that connect with their hearts and minds; luring them into the plot, connecting them with the characters, and yes, even bringing them to tears as the viewer subconsciously hopes and waits for that forthcoming tear-jerker scene.

I believe this is what every writer hopes to accomplish. The thought of creating a fictitious world and fictional characters with the hope that readers will fall in love with the hero and heroine and become enchanted with their story of fight, love, and endurance. The belief that the reader will delve into the plot and see with their mind’s eye the scenes unfolding in black and white is what drives a writer to create scenarios, build up the plot, leave cliffhangers then give the reader what they are desperately craving by the end chapter—a tearful, but happy (and sometimes sad), resolution to the situation at hand.

Movies that have you ‘passing the tissues’ such as The Notebook, A Walk To Remember, Courageous, or Old Yeller  will always stick somewhere close to the heart—in some cases changing the lives in certain individuals.

But creating these heart-wrenching, emotionally-driven scenes are not easy. Clever usage of adjectives and adverbs are crucial when a writer plays out a scene on paper. There is no movie magic to make that moment come to life. It lies on the shoulders of the writer to make that scene crystal clear so it naturally plays out as the reader turns the pages.

To help with that I’ve included a scene from Hallmark’s The Lost Valentine. Reason 1 because this particular scene plays out raw emotion and is true to life. Reason 2, the dialogue is short—like in books. And reason 3—I love World War II movies!

Please watch at least the first 3 or 4 minutes if you do not wish to view all 8 minutes of the segment then I invite you participate in an exercise using the comments section below.




Did you feel the emotion?

What did you see? How did the characters look, react, feel?

This is what readers crave…feeling.

Now it’s your turn: Based on the scene you just watched, use your creative mind to write out what you witnessed.


(**This is just for fun and will not be critiqued.) 

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