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, continuing Part 3 of the book: Other Beats. This short chapter (I’ll make it up next week, I promise) deals with:


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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Like fights, horses are a staple of many a genre. Even if not many of them are around nowadays, it pays to know how to describe our heroes’ interactions with them.

  • He tightened the cinch on the last horse.
  • With her bow slung across her shoulder and back, the quiver of arrows attached to the horse’s saddle, she pulled on the reins.
  • He stroked the horse’s powerful neck, being nuzzled at the same time.
  • She stroked the horse’s wide, flat nose.
  • She stroked the horse’s head, dismounted and stretched her body. “I feel like I have spent my entire life on his back,” she said, continuing to twist and stretch the kinks that had grown with each mile ridden.
  • The horse stood there shaking, a low groaning sound bubbling from his mouth.
  • Molten steel coursing through his veins, he mounted the horse, rode the valley floor and marched up the hillside, the horse in tow.
  • He yanked the reins.
  • He hefted his sword and started his horse into the ravine.
  • His hands resting on the pommel, he relaxed into the ambling ride.
  • The horse stomped and danced, ears flattened at the tight hold on the reins.
  • Leaning forward, he patted the big horse’s neck.

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