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How to Show Hidden Emotion and Subtext

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Everybody lies.
You do.
I do.
And our characters certainly do, too.

It’s a defense mechanism, really. When a person is uncomfortable, under pressure, or doesn’t feel safe, they hold back. It might be information, that they really want or need, their true opinions, or something else. But under it all, what’s really being hidden is EMOTION.

In fiction, we see this happen in almost every dialogue exchange. Our characters say one thing but feel another, and they carefully hide their true emotions to avoid exposure and vulnerability. They worry others will judge them, view them as weak, or use their emotions against them.

This provides quite the challenge for writers, because they must show what’s on the surface AND what’s hidden (subtext) so readers are always in the loop.

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