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