We are always told to use body language in our writing. Sometimes, it’s easier said than written. I created these cheat sheets to help you show a character’s state of mind through his or her body language.
Obviously, a character may exhibit a number of these behaviours. For example, he or she may be shocked and angry, or shocked and happy. Use these combinations as needed.
The Top Five Tips For Using Body Language
- Use body language to add depth to dialogue.
- Use it because more than 50% of human communication is non-verbal.
- Use it to show how your character’s emotions affect his or her actions.
- Use it to help you show rather than tell your reader everything.
- Use it in moderation. If overused, it can slow your story down.
How To Translate Emotions Into Written Body Language
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by Amanda Patterson
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