Emotional Beats: Head & Shoulders, Knees & Toes


Here is a great post fro Nicholas Rossis on the topic of using body movements to convey emotions.

Nicholas C. Rossis

Back in September, I published Emotional Beats: How to Easily Convert your Writing into Palpable Feelings. As promised, I will be posting the book on my blog. So, here is the next installment, featuring Part 2 of the book: Body Parts.

Hands and legs

Emotional Beats | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Read for free with KU

An easy way to show what someone is thinking is through their feet: whatever they’re pointing at, that’s where their attention lies. Other ways to use hands and legs in your beats include:

  • Tenting his short fingers…
  • With a flourish, she brandished a letter dramatically.
  • He brushed a hand under his nose like a child with a cold.
  • His hand jutted out over the edge of the bed.
  • He lifted his hands.
  • He spread his hands.
  • He leaned on one elbow.

Nods, head, and back

How about using our characters’ entire head to illustrate a point?

  • He let his forehead…

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