S41E9 – Writing Emotions: Confusion

Characters don’t always know what’s happening as the plot unfolds. When they get confused, as the author, it is your job to make sure the reader isn’t also confused. This is why understanding how to convey this emotion is so important.

It comes down to a delicate balance of giving a reason for the character to be confused while still making your reader feel comfortable that they know enough – or will soon know enough – to keep them from feeling like they missed something.

In this episode, we break down that balance, as well as how you can portray a confused character.

First aired March 30, 2023.

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I'm an editor and cover designer for AspenHouse Publishing. I am also a host for AspenHouse's poscast, Writing Roots.

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