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:
Indifference can be hard to convey through a beat because you’re really describing the lack of a physical reaction. And you can have your characters shrug only so much before they start looking like they’re having a seizure. Some useful beats are:
- She looked down at him through laced fingers.
- She steepled her long fingers together.
- He absent-mindedly cracked his knuckles.
- He dismissed her with a commanding gesture.
- She pressed her hands to her cheeks.
- She made a steeple of her fingers.
- She sent an indifferent glance about the room.
- He cast only the slightest of glances to the woman before focusing back to [object].
- He yawned.
- She gave a one-shoulder shrug.
- She gave a half shrug.
- He lifted his shoulder in a half shrug.
- She sloughed off a lame shrug.
- She sloughed off that hint of doom.
- A flinch issued from her shoulder.
- A quick shrug usurped her intended nod.
- His shoulders flinched a tight/nervous shrug.
- He waved a hand to indicate he understood.
- He waved at him dismissively.
- He brushed off her complaints with a dismissive wave of his hand.
- With a flick of her wrist, she waved away the question.
- Accepting the inevitable, he nodded to proceed with an unenthusiastic flourish of his hand.
- She gave a dismissive wave of her hand.
- He waved off her words like they were mosquitoes.