Muse on Monday – August 8, 2022

Emotions are very important in storytelling, of course. However, it is not only the characters that can have emotions. The entire story can have an overall feeling, whether it is sad, joyous, tense, scary or anything else. This is called the mood.

You can show this in the descriptions of the setting (is the sky weeping or raging when it rains?) but also in other subtle ways. A good way to see this is to read a lot and find scenes and stories with a specific mood. What words do they use to create that feeling?

Story Prompt: August 8, 2022

Write a story with a specific, overarching emotion.

This can be any emotion, so be creative. Think of unique ways to portray this.

If you want to share your story, you can either email me at or submit it at the link here. I’d love to publish your story as well.

Don’t give up. It’ll get better.

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  1. This spoke to me, how you create atmosphere that envelops your story. telling the reader what color the kitchen walls are perhaps, the aroma of the dinner that’s being prepared. Is the lead character happy as she’s peeling potatoes? Does her husband come in in a bad mood? Are they drinking? Will he kiss her hello or just toss his jacket down without much of a greeting.? Will she be happy to see him? Or won’t she care? t’s like painting a portrait in words. Love the graphic as always. 🙂


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