Review: Practical Emotional Structure by Jodi Henley

Practical Emotional Structure
Practical Emotional Structure by Jodi Henley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A very short, but helpful read on an essential component of fiction: how to make readers care about what you’re writing about.

Drawing examples from theoretical romance novels to movies, Jodi Henley does a good job explaining the emotional component of a story and why it’s needed in order to make it stronger. It’s a very deep advanced topic, so you’ll need to take careful notes on it.

It’s a great starting point on how to think about your character’s emotional needs in relation to the story, but I don’t believe it’s the end-all book. The first half feels very solid in how Henley explains the emotional terminology, while the latter half has examples that seem to try to put every aspect together, which makes it a bit confusing. However, I’m glad I purchased a copy, because it put a face on something I’d been struggling with for a long time: how to make my story and protagonist stronger.

It’s worth picking up if you have problems with character development and not letting your desires override the plot.

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