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, featuring Part 2 of the book: Body Parts.

Hands and legs

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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An easy way to show what someone is thinking is through their feet: whatever they’re pointing at, that’s where their attention lies. Other ways to use hands and legs in your beats include:

  • Tenting his short fingers…
  • With a flourish, she brandished a letter dramatically.
  • He brushed a hand under his nose like a child with a cold.
  • His hand jutted out over the edge of the bed.
  • He lifted his hands.
  • He spread his hands.
  • He leaned on one elbow.

Nods, head, and back

How about using our characters’ entire head to illustrate a point?

  • He let his forehead touch the window.
  • He got a crick in his neck looking up at her.
  • He shook his head as if clearing cobwebs from his mind.
  • She ducked.
  • He shook his head.
  • His head wagged back and forth.
  • Her head twisted left and right atop her shoulder.
  • Her head nodded like it rested on a rusty spring.
  • His head spun like a top.
  • His head lay at a right angle, making him look lopsided, like something inside had come loose.
  • She tipped her head in his direction.
  • His head wagged side to side, in time with the music.
  • Her head bobbed a nervous nod, putting her balance in disarray.
  • Her head dipped a quick nod.
  • His head did a quick bobble.
  • He tossed a nod toward the bushes and narrowed his lazy gaze against hers.
  • Her nod tipped real subtle.
  • Her nod fell heavy, final.

Next week: Part 3. View all posts on the subject, or buy the book on Amazon – free on KU!

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