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, listing beats you can use to convey:
Hopefully, our characters will also know joy every once in a while. Here are some creative ways to portray it.
- She bounced on her toes.
- She jumped up and down in glee.
- He gave a wave for the merriment to commence.
- She threw her arms open.
- He threw his hands in the air.
- She brushed her palms together.
- He rubbed his hands together.
- He let out a guffaw that echoed throughout the great room.
- The silence broke when he broke out into hysterical laughter; a sort of half chuckle, half splutter.
- He laughed; a hearty, genuine chortle.
- A laugh broke from his chest.
- She pressed a hand to her mouth to stifle her giggles.
- She held back her laughter by a hair.
- Giggles tucked neatly into the nooks and crannies of her words.
- She breathed off an easy laugh.
- A burst of giggles stirred her belly and mingled with a thousand butterflies.
Of course, there are plenty of other verbs available. Depending on the context and the intention, you can use any of these with the above beats:
- The corners of her mouth curled upwards into a smile / into a wide grin.
- The corners of his lips quirked into a light smile.
- A small grin stole across the stranger’s full, red lips.
- An impish smile made his mouth twitch.
- He smiled a lopsided grin at her.
- The flicker of a smile passed his lips.
- She flashed a huge grin at me.
- He beamed a smile at her.
- He gave a little whisk of a smile and continued on.
- His lips parted in a grin.
- …flashing an innocent smile.
- A wide smile spread across his face.
- A smile parted his lips.
- The smile grew wider until it reached his eyes.
- She smiled from ear to ear.
- A smile broke through his lips.
- He bit his lower lip, trying not to laugh.
- An amused expression quirked up the side of her mouth as she studied him.
- The corner of her lips tugged up in an inviting smile that refused to let him walk away.
- Her usual crooked smile quirked up one side of her mouth.
- A crooked smile touched her lips despite the wistful eyes.
- He quirked a smile.
- A grin creased his face.
- She smirked.
- An involuntary twitch cracked the edges of his mouth.
- His lips curled upwards.
- “Yes?” she prompted, smiling beatifically [blissful happiness, ecstatically].
- He flashed her a grin.
- A smile creased his face.
- He wore a wide grin.
- She cracked a grin.
- He shot me a roguish grin.
- Damn if that frown didn’t turn upside down.
- Her brittle smile belied the sentiment of her words.
- His smile fell away.
- …coaxing a grin from him
- A cocked smile appeared on his thin lips.
- In a flash, her pouting lips stretched into a beaming smile.
- A smile tugged a corner of her mouth upward.
- His smile widened.
- His mouth twisted into a smile/grin.
- She favored his words with a barely visible upturn at the corners of her mouth.
- He allowed himself a grin.
- She winked as she left, winning her a broad grin from him.
- His lips spread and his eyes crinkled in a grateful expression.
- A ghost of a smile crossed his lips.
- His grin returned.
- A smile warmed his lips.
- A satisfied smile raced across her face.
- He pursed his lips together in a faint smile and nodded.
- His grin got caught up in the dim light.
- His laugh came soft, almost girlish.
- Her smile came warm and dreamy.
- A grin curled around her full lips like a lazy cat settling in a puddle of midday sunshine.
- His grin softened into a genuine smile.
- A smile quirked her lips.
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Love your helpful tips always. 🙂
Thank you 😀
The variations on the smile are the best. I’m beaming 🙂
Lol – good to know. You may wish to skip the upcoming post about ways to display Pain, though.
My poor characters are always in pain! I can always use some new ways to make them suffer 😀
Thank you, Tess 😀
You are more than welcome, Nicholas. 🙂
Keep thinking of the movie Inside Out. Twirling seemed to be a big joy action there.
Lol – I should add that 😀
As I read through your excellent tips, Nicholas, a grin creased my face!
Best wishes, Pete.
Lol – good to know. I just scheduled the post about Pain, though, so please beware.
Thanks, Nicholas for another great post. These are winners. 🙂 — Suzanne