In all of this madness, I found my notes from a workshop with Australian writer, Margo Lanagan, at the 2008 Brisbane Writer’s Festival. If you don’t know her work then you must immediately drop everything and get yourself to a bookshop or library and get reading!
The Heart of the story: invoking the empathy or the emotion of the characters in your reader.
The Guts: the physical and tactile which makes the reader feel they are undergoing the events in your story
The Soles of the Feet: the character’s revelation from the story’s events.
I love this so much I’m about to bluetack it to my writing desk. It’s so vivid and honest that I can’t help but get right inside the story, whether it’s my own writing or someone else’s.
If you ever have the chance to do a writing class with Margo Lanagan, I highly recommend it.