And our characters certainly do, too.
It’s a defense mechanism, really. When a person is uncomfortable, under pressure, or doesn’t feel safe, they hold back. It might be information, that they really want or need, their true opinions, or something else. But under it all, what’s really being hidden is EMOTION.
In fiction, we see this happen in almost every dialogue exchange. Our characters say one thing but feel another, and they carefully hide their true emotions to avoid exposure and vulnerability. They worry others will judge them, view them as weak, or use their emotions against them.
This provides quite the challenge for writers, because they must show what’s on the surface AND what’s hidden (subtext) so readers are always in the loop.
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Becca Puglisi is an international speaker, writing coach, and bestselling author of The Emotion Thesaurus and its sequels. Her books are available in five languages, are sourced by US universities, and are used by novelists, screenwriters, editors, and psychologists around the world. She is passionate about learning and sharing her knowledge with others through her Writers Helping Writers blog and via One Stop For Writers—a powerhouse online library created to help writers elevate their storytelling.