Most readers read for emotion, to satisfy an innate desire to feel as the characters in the novel. Too much attention to thoughts will weary the reader, but consideration of feelings will draw the reader in.
Thoughts are for the most part abstract and hard to pin down because thinking is an individual phenomenon, while feelings are universal. Everyone has experience and knows anger, frustration, elation, happiness, and all the other sentiments of the human condition, while thoughts, opinions, views, beliefs, and faith are personal and private.
Writers should concentrate on the emotions of the reader since they are easier to understand. Choose the right words to connect with those feelings is the author’s greatest obstacle. Great writers have that ability or have developed it. The classics are just that because they activate and generate our deepest passions through the choice of words.
Thoughts and ideas because of their ambiguity and uncertainty should be used sparingly. The views, beliefs, and opinions of the author must be transmitted through the emotions portrayed through the writing rather than by way of a simple statement of concepts and outlook.
Think of the great fiction books that one has read and the vision of the author comes from the emotions and sentiments portrayed because the focus is on feelings rather than thought. Why is Dicken’s A Christmas Carol still as popular as the day it was published?