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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