facial expression

Facial Expressions

A big part of your writing is building your character. Part of that is not only where your character lives or what kind of work he does, but also his facial expressions in certain circumstances. Does he furrow his brow even when he’s not upset or does she always have that sparkle in her eyes? Below are examples of descriptions for facial expressions you can use in your writing. Eyes his eyes widened she glanced up to the ceiling his eyes went round she winked her eyelids drooped tears filled her eyes her eyes narrowed his eyes welled up his eyes lit up her eyes flooded with tears his eyes darted her eyes were wet he squinted his eyes glistened

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body language

Body Language

  We continue with ‘show don’t tell‘ of emotions like we did in the previous post, but this time we concentrate more on body language. Don’t tell your readers that your character is shy or nervous or jealous, but show them! Below you find a list of emotions and, next to it, the possible body language that goes with it. anticipation grin – lick lips – rub hands together – unable to sit still awe fixed gaze – slack-jawed – unable to move amusement clap hands – shake with laughter – slap thighs – throw head back – anger/aggression bare teeth – clench fists – clench jaw – flushed face – jutting chin – lower eyebrows – point finger –

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show don't tell

Show Don’t Tell

Writing is always more interesting and dynamic when you use the ‘show don’t tell’ technique. When you use this technique, you let your readers experience the story through action and words, feelings and senses instead of through your description. Below you find ways to show different emotions instead of telling your reader how your characters feel. Afraid heart beating nonstop hands trembling knees shaking lips quivering screaming fast, heavy breathing covering eyes with your hands clenching onto things Angry steam coming out of your ears eyes squinting red in the face huffing and puffing hands on hips while stomping feet veins popping out yelling at the top of your lungs clenching fists and gritting teeth Cold shivering and teeth chattering

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emotions

Emotions

In writing, emotions sometimes play a big role. You can say that your character is sad or happy, but there are so many other words you can use to even better convey the emotions your character is experiencing. Below are lists of words for the emotions ‘happy’, ‘sad’, ‘angry’, ‘scared’ and ‘confused’. Emotion: Happy STRONG MILD WEAK ecstatic admired content elated alive flattered energized amused fortunate enthusiastic appreciated glad excited assured good exuberant cheerful hopeful jubilant confident peaceful loved delighted pleased marvelous determined relaxed terrific encouraged satisfied thrilled fulfilled uplifted grateful gratified\joyful justified optimistic proud relieved resolved respected valued Emotion: Sad STRONG MILD WEAK burdened abandoned apathetic condemned alienated bad crushed ashamed deflated defeated degraded disenchanted dejected deprived lost demoralized

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