How are you able to show crying in a text without using emoji or sentimentalism?

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    I think god reads this site, but he rarely posts answers.
    – Kramii
    Oct 10 '17 at 11:35
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    I think God was given an answer ban for posting the answer "Read my book!!11!11!one" to every question :( Oct 10 '17 at 13:34
  • You could txt her/him that you don't know how to tell her/him how upset you are - that you even went to an online site full of strangers to ask them -
    – DPT
    Oct 10 '17 at 14:39
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    Probably more useful to say something like, "It's hard to see the keys right now" or "my hands are shaking as I type this" or simply "this upsets me more than I can say."
    – DPT
    Oct 10 '17 at 14:40
  • Advay, welcome to Writers. I'm sorry to say that this will probably be closed for the reasons discussed here in the comments. Please have a look at our site tour, it explains how the site works. Oct 10 '17 at 16:13

Before I remove certain heretic from the comment section with super-anthrax, I have to ask:

Which one you prefer?

  1. Writing from the POV of a psychopath, so you can write things down in a more objective tone.

  2. Describing why a character is crying (he's afraid because he's alone, no one is there to protect him, he's gonna die alone in a place where no one will find his body, etcetera)

Note: Using emojis in a novel is THE ULTIMATE HERESY and it makes me lose so much faith in you.

  • Praise my brother!!! Praise!! (No seriusly, if the text is in a book for young adults and teenagers, it´s very good using emojis in order to show what is happening, especialy in a world where they can use whattsapp or other emoji-allowed-media. Allas in a normal day, we writers can´t use emojis, only descrive them in a best scenario, but if the OP whants to use pictures and the alike for the sake of making a more enjoyable, undertandable and realistic world, he/she can, and SHOULD. Our job is to connect with people and making them feel something, not rule over how it should be done.)
    – Sobyro
    Oct 10 '17 at 16:46
  • @FabianCervantes If that'd be the case, then why should I care about copycat-YA-Wattpad-grade trash? Oct 10 '17 at 16:52
  • maybe for you my bother, but every case is different. Even for the same Writer. Let´s end this here, and try to add something usefull shall we?
    – Sobyro
    Oct 10 '17 at 17:25
  • @FabianCervantes What's your idea? Oct 10 '17 at 17:27
  • I agree bud, I don't know what kind of books fabian is reading, but I will burn any book I pick up that has an emoji at the end of a sentence. This is novels, literature, the words that have been passed down for generations. It really is trash level writing if an author cannot use words to describe a smile and instead inserts a smile emoji. They shouldn't be writing at all in that case.
    – ggiaquin16
    Oct 10 '17 at 21:28

To answer your question about how to show that a character is crying, not wanting to show emotion in him, or superficially describing his emotions as a narrator, or how to do this without using allusive images and pop culture (emojis)(That las part shakes me off, truth be told).

1.-Many strong characters do not show their feelings for what they are expected to not have any weackness.

Crying is seen as a weakness.

In these plot arcs I like to show that everyone has a weakness and that is fine, many authors talk about how in hard times, even the most ferocious soldiers can feel bad for a fallen partner and how to refuse to showing your feelings only hurts them more and more.

Until they can not anymore, and have to let them out, if handled well, can be moments full of emotions and a critical point in your story.

You can also talk about how a character also feels bad, tears fall from his eyes, but they are unable to understand why you feel this way or on the contrary. Even with tears in their eyes, they refuse to accept that they are bad for not seem weak or emotional. (This is a common story among female characters in environments with men).

2.-To describe as narrator how a character feels is uncommon and it is better to use a combination of narrative with dialogues and actions in the scene that reflect the internal conflict that occurs in our characters.

You can describe in very detail - between the dialogues - the actions that occur before a very sad moment.

Then as a narrator describe what a character does or when the time comes when this character is not able to continue talking or express their feelings, you can narrate how they feel, but using allegories and comparisons so that the public better understand what a character feels exactly.


If your text is in a book for young adults and teenagers,especialy in a world where they can use whattsapp or other emoji-allowed-media, it´s very good using emojis in order to show emotions in a chat or in the net .

All with moderation of course, not every single line haz to have it, I´m thinking more like, some chats conversations or text messages.

Allas in a normal day, we writers can´t use emojis, only descrive them in a best scenario, but if the YOU whant or NEED to use pictures and the alike for the sake of making a more enjoyable, undertandable and realistic world, you can, and SHOULD.

  • Im sorry, I can't agree at all with your notion that books today need to have emoji's. I don't know what books you read, but if there is a book I am reading that ends the sentence with a smile face emoji, I am throwing the book away. Emojis have no place in novels. Written words, have always, and will always have a greater impact than a smile face text picture.
    – ggiaquin16
    Oct 10 '17 at 21:26
  • Well certanly not in a day-to-day dialog, or in a drama-action scene, What I try to say is that you just have to look outside at the real world. Our forms of communication and interaction have changed over the last few days, people now communicate more through digital media like Whattsapp or Facebook, and these media allow the use of images to express larger ideas without the need for words. Many people are more attached to the emotional spectrum of life and like to show their feelings in their conversations, which is easier with the use of emoji than with words.
    – Sobyro
    Oct 11 '17 at 16:22
  • Emoji and emoticons serve two purposes: abbreviation and expression of nonverbals. Using /me statements in chat or text messaging would be too verbose for simple and shallow emotions — that's what most emoji do. Some of them are also done à la how ‘ASCII art’ was. If someone genuinely wants to express their emotional thoughts, then you can glean that from their words if they are adequately verbose. Expecting another person's emotional profile, through experience with them, certainly helps there. Oct 12 '17 at 4:16

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