“Writing fiction is about giving your reader a powerful emotional experience.” -- in Advanced Fiction Writing: What Are You Reading.I remember receiving a critique from a woman who told me my story had made her cry. At first, I felt bad, but then realized bringing someone to tears was a good thing. My story had created an emotional experience for this reader. Earlier this week, I received a critique in which the person told me the story gave him a good laugh. Hmm … I thought of it as a serious piece. When I read his comments, I thought maybe he'd been drinking, or was on the verge of a breakdown, but decided it was okay if he found the story humorous. At least he found it interesting enough to read to the end; and my writing had evoked an emotion in him, just not the one I expected.