Emotional Beats: Ways to Portray Relaxation

Great help for writers who struggle with “show don’t tell.” Reblogged from https://nicholasrossis.wordpress.com

Nicholas C. Rossis

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:


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

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.
  • She…

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