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How to communicate a sensation in your text

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All feelings have their clues in language. They can be shaped and intensified using writer’s tools, such as:

-Ways of building phrases: word order, repetitions, inversions, and other means of “verbal architecture”...

All feelings have their clues in language. They can be shaped and intensified using writer’s tools, such as:

-Ways of building phrases: word order, repetitions, inversions, and other means of “verbal architecture”.

-Choice of descriptive words and expressions.

-Intonation.

If you know these clues, you can master any feeling in your reader or listener.

Reading good literature gives you this power.

For example, what makes a horror story?

Using certain writing elements, you don’t need to describe horrible events to make your readers feel scared. Just putting words in a definite order is enough.

“There was movement within shadow.

Something was standing about fifty feet away and ten feet above”.

(...)

A woman, an impossible woman.

Absolutely impossible”.

Then she begins to trap the narrator. She invites him to climb higher and higher, again and again, and he does. The dialogue repeats:

"Come down," I said.

"No, you come up."

Though nothing bad is happening yet, we are scared by the suspense, by the very anticipation, by the scent of trouble.

See how it is done:

-short sentences, which follow the short breath of a hero climbing up the rocks to reach the impossible woman;

-repetitions, which give the scent of a crazy focusing illusion: he can’t remove his gaze, he is hypnotized;

-implications and hints, like here, when he asks her about her name:

"What's yours?"

"..." Her lips seemed to move, but I heard nothing.

"Come again?"

"I don't want a name," she said.
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