Today, I’m honored to host the amazing Harriet Hodgson and her book Calling All Grandmas!

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Adding Emotion to Nonfiction Writing

I’m a non-fiction author, yet my writing contains emotion. Sometimes my emotions are detailed in descriptive sentences. Other times they are expressed with dialogue. Writing about emotions takes extra effort. Why should you add emotions to nonfiction writing?

Emotion links the author and reader. Rob Parnell, in his website article, “How to Write About Emotion,” says emotions make us uniquely human. Life isn’t all about what happens, he continues, “it is the way we react to events and people and the things they say that defines our experience of the world.”

Emotion serves as a “hook.” Dialogue is one way to hook a reader, according to Mary Jaksch. She expands this point in her website article, “3 Things You Need to Know about Using Dialogue in Non-Fiction.” What makes dialogue a hook? Adding dialogue works because it creates a story.

Emotion stirs the reader. Steve Zousmer tells how an author may stir the reader in his “Writer’s Digest” article, “Evoke Emotions in Your Readers.” He thinks many biographers and memoir writers get caught up in chronology. However, the success of this writing depends on the author’s ability to see events as a story.

Emotion helps the reader remember facts. Psychologists like my younger daughter know people remember emotions more easily than facts. This is true of me. When I add emotion to my writing, I know I need to sound believable and sincere.

About Harriet Hodgson

Harriet HodgsonHarriet Hodgson has been making books since she was eight years old. In her 43-year career as a freelancer, she has written 44 books and thousands of print/internet articles. Major publishers, such as Warner Books, John Wiley & Sons, and Hazelden, have published her work. Harriet loves writing so much she writes in her sleep.

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Book Blurb For The Grandma Force

Becoming the grandmother of twins changed Harriet Hodgson and altered her life course. According to Hodgson, we live in a fast-paced, complex time, a time when too many grandchildren are victims of bullying, Internet scams, and sexual abuse. Hodgson believes that grandmothers are needed today more than any other time in history.

ACX Front Cover“Grandmas can’t be passive,” she declares. “Every grandma has the power to protect and guide her grandchildren and needs to tap this power.”

This narrative weaves Hodgson’s personal story with research findings. It’s packed with ideas for helping grandchildren. Hodgson’s age, child development degree, life experience, teaching experience, witness to history, and extensive research converge to make this an inspiring read. Working individually and together, grandmas are changing the world.

“The Grandma Force is about the power of love and the power of one,” Hodgson says. “One-by-one, grandmas are standing up for grandchildren and creating a hopeful future for them.”

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To follow along with the rest of the tour, please visit the author’s tour page on the 4WillsPublishing site. If you’d like to book your own blog tour and have your book promoted in similar grand fashion, please click HERE. Thanks for supporting this author and her work!

6 responses to “Welcome to Day 4 of the CALLING ALL GRANDMAS Blog Tour featuring Author, Harriet Hodgson! @healthmn1 @4WillsPub @4WP11 @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA”

  1. Congratulations Harriet! Your message is needed for absentee parents. We lost a generation. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

    Hi Charles. Good to see you hosting today. Have a great rest of your day.

  2. Great post, Harriet! I completely agree. I’ve tried to read memoirs that lack emotion, and I just can’t do it. Emotions are part of the human experience, so when a writer writes without it, they lose me. Thanks for hosting today, Charles! 🙂

  3. HI Harriet, I think that non-fiction about the human experience definitely lends itself to the inclusion of emotion. I have just finished reading your contributions to the RWISA anthology and enjoyed them very much. Thanks for hosting, Chuck.

  4. Hi Harriet, Hi Charles,
    Harriet, I certainly agree with you. Non-Fiction writing that is written with emotions comes across as being more realistic to the reader.
    Charles thank you for hosting Harriet on your blog.
    Shalom aleichem

  5. Hi, Harriet! I am hooked by great, realistic dialogue instantly – no matter if it’s fiction or non. You can’t lose when the dialogue you’re writing feels “real.” It will definitely translate into a great review from a reader who “felt” your talent. And writing good dialogue is definitely a talent.

    Thanks for hosting today, Charles!!!

  6. Hi, Harriet. Hi, Charles. Thank you for making a point about adding emotions to non-fiction writing, Harriet. Dialog is a perfect way to do that, as well as add emotions in scenes and descriptions. And it’s true that the nonfiction articles and books I remember are those that touch me through emotions. Your trailer is wonderful, partly because it appeals so well to the emotions! Charles, thanks for hosting Harriet.

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