Make Your Readers Cry: Writing Emotional Scenes

Allison Maruska

I watched The Hunger Games last night. I read the book before the movie came out, and I’ve seen the movie a few times. So I obviously knew what would happen. Still, a certain scene got me.

By that, I mean it made me weepy.

I’m not usually a weepy individual, so the moment surprised me. I think the root of it was I forgot this particular scene was in the movie (I don’t think it was in the book). I’d also had a couple glasses of wine. Bad memory + alcohol = the feels (that’s not one of the tips, but maybe write it down anyway).

It was near the beginning, when Katniss volunteers for Prim and Effie encourages the crowd to applaud. Effie’s all bubbly and claps with her hands near her head, seemingly expecting the crowd to join it. Instead, everyone in the crowd does that salute…

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