Scene Prompt #34: The Filter

Let’s practice some emotional showing!

For this prompt, pick a location from your story that a POV character visits more than once, feeling differently in each scene.

Who’s the character?

How do they feel?

Write each scene paying particular attention to describing the setting and the other characters and what’s going on through the primary filter of your POV character’s emotional state.

How would they describe what they sense and experience given how they feel? Another way to put this: How would how they feel affect their perspectives and interpretations of things?

Do this for two different feeling states.

You can also do this for two different POV characters, say, one who’s predominantly curmudgeonly and another who’s predominantly cheerful or woeful or whatever.

Have fun!

Book that inspired this prompt


That’s it for me!

How about you? What are your favorite techniques for showing emotion? Tell us in the comments.

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