An Agent Said My Novel Needs Emotional Glue. Help! (HT @SydneyWriters)

Over at www.alanrinzler.com a writer asks for help injecting 'emotional glue' into their manuscript. What is this and why/how/what/when...?

Emotional glue reveals a character’s internal reactions, ruminations, and anticipated responses to the dialogue and action of the story. It’s the unspoken ideas and feelings that focus and hold together the narrative and keep the reader right there with you, caring and excited about what’s gradually evolving.

The article gives detailed examples of how to get this to work, including a straightforward checklist:

  • Clarify your intention
  • Focus on the narrative voice
  • Provide clues and unspoken detail
  • Be economical

As always, if you want the detail, read through to the original here: http://www.alanrinzler.com/blog/2012/09/17/ask-the-editor-an-agent-said-my-novel-needs-emotional-glue-help/