Who do you want the reader to love or hate? Is there a character you want the reader to root for or feel sympathy for?
If you’re stumped on how to draw out the reader’s emotions and you’ve read more books on craft, maybe it’s time to splurge for a targeted writing workshop. There are tons of workshops and conferences, many are promoted on Twitter or do a google search.
Once you’ve decided on a workshop, check the workshop’s schedule to see how many workshops are being offered that day, are they mostly question and answer panels, are they hands-on writing exercises, is there too much free time, etc.
Highlights Foundation is reputable and offers dozens of different workshops. The subject choices are many, prices affordable, lodging and food are included. Workshops can be in person, virtual or on-demand. I highly recommend them and have attended several.
The link below is for an on-demand course on writing for
the emotional impact.
This link is for an article on the three basic
emotions and how to create them in your characters.