Writing Emotions: Positive Emotions

Right, positive emotions. We have only positivity here folks, no self-deprecating thoughts, no sad emotions.

That’s right, let’s wash that all away, and acknowledge that we’re all beautiful amazing, creative people, who are slaying the writing game.

That being said, positive reactions to certain situations can be a bit more… complicated, so here’s my short guide to Positive Emotions, for your Positive…and you’re less positive characters.

  •   Moody Characters: These characters are the type who are more commonly written to “smirk”, then to smile *ahem* that’s a lie. If you’re trying to write them like an actual attitude-induced person, then please take it from your local expert, (me), that they aren’t actually cold, and they might smirk if it’s kinda funny, but don’t forget to write the inner charm, and make sure to write the smile that reaches the eyes.

*When writing this character, make certain that they’re not so broken that they can’t laugh at a comedy show, or smile at a video of a Step-Dad being given adoption papers. This wouldn’t make them moody, this would make them numb. They still are humans, and their loved ones aren’t the only ones who can make them giggle-they are, however, the only one’s that can light up their face, and that is the most positive reaction of them all.

  •  The Bubbly Character: The bubbly characters love when everybody is laughing, and nine-times-out-of-ten, won’t fully be laughing until everybody else is. These characters are usually more in tuned with positive emotions of others and will never feel laughter, unless everybody else is.

*All to often, bubbly characters are written to be the positive outlet, smiling at all times, and this is true, HOWEVER, in retrospect, they would more likely work themselves to stress trying to make someone smile, then they would be focused on their own.

  • The Edgy Character: They have a crass sense of humor, I’ll give you that. George in Rampage, is a brilliant depiction of an edgy character. He might be the type to cringe at a dad joke, but will definitely crack a smile at a “Guess I’ll die” joke. They wouldn’t be the type to laugh so much at a comedy routine, but at a fart joke during church.

*Edgy characters are more of the “class-lacking” type if you will, and can easily become that annoying kid in class that everybody hates, but can’t help but laugh at. However, even in the laughter, don’t be afraid to peel the layers in a character, and definitely DO NOT, leave the “Suicide” jokes lying in a book, without a clear up in what the character might be going through. They might act like a living meme, but like the meme-makers, or the scene-makers (from the show/movie/picture), their’s usually a deeper, or more hidden meaning.

  •  The Drama Character: You know, the ones that role their eyes at the edgy ones, get upset over simple jokes, but will definitely know how to “guffaw” too much at others jokes that they’re trying to suck up too. Usually, though, even though I’d like to say that they have a sense of humor, something tells me that even a Best Man Joke at a Wedding speech would kill them.

*Please DO NOT write a drama character without a soul, though, they might laugh, HOWEVER, as I mentioned, most jokes frustrate them, intentionally, or unintentionally.

  • Numb Characters: They’re numb, they won’t laugh, and with these characters, now’s about a good time to bust those bad-boys write open, and let your characters get a good idea of who they are.

*By this, I mean if someone asks why they aren’t enjoying it, they’d probably tell them why. Avoid too many emotions, and more specifically, watch the movements, all too often body positions can be taken the wrong way, so if they’re stance was defeated shoulders, one might expect sadness from them, rather then no emotions at all (more likely to use the “crossed arms” position, as this is a sign of close mindedness, and less attentive to what they might be hearing.

  •  The Wise Characters: These Characters laugh when they need, and smile the most, but given the chance, and they would most definitely use it for a lesson for both themselves and others.
  • The Intellectually Driven Ones: These characters wouldn’t be making only nerdy dad jokes, they’d also most commonly laugh at any joke that was correct, as in a joke about an impossible brain cancer wouldn’t be as funny as just a simple relatable joke about their mom.

*However, they common chance that they get stuck in a situation of laughter is rare, so be careful not to write it as a norm.

And guess what? That ends today’s short guide to Character Responses to laughter/playfulness. What are your thoughts? Is there anything I missed? How would you write these characters, and their responses? I’d love to hear!

Thanks for reading, and remember to live your life like the ginchy story that it is!




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