In September, I published Emotional Beats:Β 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

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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 set her palms down flat on the table.
  • He rested his hands on the table.
  • She set her hands on the table, palms up.
  • He leaned back in his chair.
  • She hooked her feet around the chair legs and leaned backwards.
  • She put her hands behind her head.
  • He put his feet on the desk.
  • He uncrossed his legs.
  • She stretched out her legs in front of her.
  • He sprawled out.
  • He waited until the door had closed behind him before exhaling a deep and relieved breath.
  • A relieved look washed over his face.
  • She made a shushing sound to reassure him.
  • His toes and fingers burned as they thawed in front of the fireplace.
  • Ankles crossed, his long legs stretched out in front of him.
  • His hands resting on the saddle, he relaxed into the ambling ride.
  • She swung her short legs.
  • She folded her calves under her thighs and scooted back.
  • She tucked one leg under her.
  • He sat, an ankle across his knee.
  • He spoke in a relaxed sort of way, his words drawn-out and low.
  • Her breath fell out softly from her lips.
  • Her chin took rest against her chest.

Neck and shoulders

  • She rolled her shoulders to ease the tension in the back of her neck.
  • She tried to massage away the knots of painful tension glued to her shoulders.
  • She rubbed the base of her neck where her pulse beat in hard spasms.
  • He rubbed the back of his neck.
  • She rubbed her shoulder.
  • He kneaded his shoulder.
  • She rolled her head stiffly to work out the kinks in her shoulders.
  • He massaged the back of his neck.
  • She squared her shoulders.

Next week: joy. View all posts on the subject, or buy the book on Amazon – free on KU!