As writers, we want to stir emotional reactions in our readers and take them on an emotional journey. We also strive to convey the emotions that our characters are experiencing as they journey through the story lines we create.
Emotion has been defined as "any relatively brief conscious experience characterized by intense mental activity and a high degree of pleasure or displeasure."
The online Oxford Dictionary defines "emotive" as arousing or able to arouse intense feeling. Synonyms: controversial, contentious, inflammatory, sensitive, delicate, difficult, problematic, touchy, awkward, prickly, ticklish.
When we write, we can choose descriptive verbs and adjectives to convey emotion, but most important, I feel, is vivid dialogue. The words our characters speak are the best way to engage the reader in the emotion of our stories. I tend to "visualize" dialogue like a film -- minus the ever helpful musical score.
Creating a similar intensity is my job as a writer and is a skill I am still learning.