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:


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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What good is a story with no drama? Characters will inevitably experience discomfort. Sure, they can moan and groan to your heart’s content, but there are so many better ways of making the pain palpable.

  • She tried to prop herself up on her right elbow, but it collapsed under her, sending lances of stabbing pain to shoot up her shoulder.
  • He rubbed the stubble on his head, avoiding the tender knot.
  • His skull felt like an eggshell.
  • His face started to ache. Dully at first, then in hot stabs.
  • A dull headache formed behind his brow.
  • His expression was drawn in agony, but not over his own pain.
  • His legs flared with fiery slices of pain.
  • Pain funneled into her heart.
  • His arms were covered in bruises, his knees a maze of grazes and cuts.
  • His eyes rolled back into his head. His  teeth gnawed until his lips bled.
  • Spasms racked his muscles until it seemed his bones would snap.
  • Her headache was a hostile squatter occupying every inch of her head.
  • His expression was drawn in agony, but not over his own pain.

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