Capturing Emotions by Using Personal Experiences

Story Empire

Hey, SE Readers. Joan with you today. A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about ways to capture character emotions. I briefly touched on using personal experiences. Little did I know I would soon face a situation that left me (and several of my neighbors) more than a little “uncomfortable.” Hope you don’t mind a brief story.

In early March, a man shot a woman in her home, then fled the scene. This happened within a mile of my house. What followed was a four-day man hunt involving multiple local, county, and state law enforcement agencies.

Typical of twenty-first century, most of us turned to social media to keep up with the situation. A neighborhood watch Facebook page got a lot of activity. People reported numerous “sightings,” some likely valid, others not. But when he walked in on another homeowner, things got interesting. Fortunately, when the homeowner flashed his…

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