The Art Of Manipulating Emotions In Storytelling

The storyteller is the puppet master of emotions.

As a writer, you have the power to make your audience laugh whenever it pleases you, cause grown men to cry shamelessly, keep millions on the edge of reason, prevent couch junkies to switch channels, and grip people with fear.

A writer is the puppet master of emotions, the dictator of reason, and can make anything happen in a fictional reality where everything is possible and extreme gratification is your only goal, and the audience’s ultimate payoff and reward.

It is vital for the narrative drive to progress relentlessly and rapidly, and for story events to flow fluidly and form a cohesive whole so that the parts (scenes, sequences and acts/chapters) and the (story) are united as one.

The story must be well-paced and flow rhythmically, seducing the senses and evoking emotions, ranging from total delight to absolute fear.

The writer uses two tools to have ultimate control, setting Turning Points and Transitional Links into action, cleverly manipulating emotions and drawing an unsuspecting audience into a web of mystery and wonder.

The story becomes a tapestry of mixed emotions, and a melting pot of symbolism and subtext, allowing us to feel what’s happening, and experience the heartbeat of each moment, taking a meaningful journey on the roller coaster of dramatic or comedic action without interruptions or getting lost in translation.

This is the storyteller using ultimate power to manipulate emotions and have full control over both the characters and their captive audience.