Writing Body Language To “Show, Don’t Tell” (and definitely not LOOK)

Here’s another helpful post by Dan Alatorre on the subject of using body language in your writing.

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This lesson is invaluable, so read carefully.

Wait, does invaluable mean no value or lots of value? Quick internet search… Okay.

Yeah, there’s gold in today’s lesson.

Using my unreleased manuscript An Angel On Her Shoulder, I am showing you my techniques for reworking a story into a more readable, more enjoyable piece. It’s 45+ lessons in about 45 days. (To start at Chapter 1, click HERE.)

To view it best, bring up the two versions in different windows and view them side by side to see what was changed.

Then give me your thoughts in the comment section.


In this chapter you’ll see a few dialogue tags (she said, he asked) but mainly you’ll see those items replaced by beats – little actions the characters do.

And occasionally you’ll see… nothing. Because we don’t always need a tag or a beat. If two people…

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