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'Write with...' - Week Fifteen: Emotional arcs

Last week we discussed the journey your characters goes on, and that it isn't necessarily about action and drama and big events; it's about what goes on inside. This week we explore this idea further. Perhaps when you think something has to be emotional you think we should only look at BIG emotions, moments of high drama and angst. The reader needs to empathise with your characters and the things that can be overlooked (the moments where a character could be bullied, feel insecure or isolated), the small things, can have a huge impact on creating a character your reader invests in. So have a play this week. See whether you can draw us into their world and empathise with them. Lots of luck!

Cesca x

After studying History at Bristol University, Cesca went on to work as a TV Presenter for four years on various pre-recorded and live shows. She taught History for seven years and became a Housemistress at a Secondary boarding School in Berkshire.

Since winning a writing competition for the best opening paragraph to a novel, Cesca has won or been placed in prestigious short story competitions for: Women and Home, Wells Festival of Literature, Grace Dieu and has also had short stories published in the Sentinel Champion and Sunday People Magazine.

She has written regular reviews and features for the popular women’s fiction website Novelicious and now films weekly vlogs to help wannabe writers for She lives in Bradfield with her husband and their brood of ex-battery chickens.

The Silent Hours is her first novel.