This lesson was probably the biggest eye-opener for me.
Whenever something important happens in your novel, your character’s reaction should happen in this order:
- Emotional reaction (often shown through physical change)
- Mental reaction (shown through thoughts or speech)
For example, your character comes home to find the door locked. He first scrunches up his face to show confusion. Then he thinks, “That’s weird. I thought Bob was home.” And finally, he goes to look in the window to see if there are lights on.