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Tabletop Season 4: Star Realms
6 hours ago
I can show you how to fake it, I think. I could show you how to create false surprises, or try to move a reader to tears, but rarely can a writer learn to do this very effectively.Dave's right. The reader usually knows when you're faking it, and they feel gypped. And when the reader feels cheated, she's unlikely to pick up your next book.
Instead, dig deep into your own heart. Find the right emotion. Let it suffuse you, and then try to figure out how to word your story in such a way that you convey that emotion perfectly.