Another great installment on showing emotion instead of telling from best-selling author Nicholas Rossis. Reblogged from https://nicholasrossis.wordpress.com
Last month, I mentioned the launch of Emotional Beats: How to Easily Convert your Writing into Palpable Feelings. As promised, here is the first installment from the book. It lists beats you can use to convey desire.
Many of the reactions mentioned in surprise, fear and nervousness may also be present with desire; for example, an increased heart rate; a reddening of the cheeks; talking faster etc. Here are some physical reactions pertaining to desire alone:
- A low and pleasant hum warmed his blood.
- Her brain fizzled.
- She forgot her left from her right.
- Her thoughts wouldn’t line up. Every time she tried to align one, it tumbled down, scattering the rest.
- She imagined herself melting, just sliding onto the floor in a puddle of hormones and liquid lust.
- Thinking about it gave her sharp palpitations.
- Those feelings took over and turned her…
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More help from a great sci-fi writer, Nicholas Rossis. Helping others work through the process of showing emotion instead of just using words. Reblogged from https://nicholasrossis.wordpress.com
Last month, I mentioned the launch of Emotional Beats: How to Easily Convert your Writing into Palpable Feelings. As promised, here is the next installment from the book. It lists beats you can use to convey:
Fear and Nervousness (part 2)
These are some of the things that may happen when a person is scared or nervous:
- They may feel hot or cold, may shiver or sweat.
- The breathing changes. Usually, it becomes faster and shallower, though for some people it may deepen and slow down.
- The palms may become damp, the mouth dry, the stomach tight, the throat clogged.
- The voice may change: A rushed voice. An off-pitch laugh. A voice that breaks, drops or raises in pitch; a change in speech patterns.
- Micro hesitations may show fear: delayed speech, throat clearing, slow reaction time.
- A forced smile, laugh or verbally agreeing/disagreeing…
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Great help for writers who struggle with “show don’t tell.” Reblogged from https://nicholasrossis.wordpress.com
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, listing beats you can use to convey:
In a sense, this category is the flip side of fear and anger. Whereas people experiencing fear tighten their muscles and adopt a closed-body stance, untroubled people have relaxed muscles and an open body posture:
- He unclenched his fists.
- Her arms dropped at her sides.
- He unclutched his chest.
- He leaned against the wall.
- She folded her hands in her lap.
- She clasped her hands behind her back.
- He propped his chin on his hand.
- She rested her chin on her palm.
- She crossed her ankles in front of her.
- She stretched.
- He yawned.
- He puffed out his chest.
- She thrust out her chest.
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Valuable information. Thanks for sharing.
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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