Because Writers Write is your one-stop writing resource, we’ve put together these cheat sheets to help you with your body language descriptions.
What Is Body Language?
Psychology Today explains: ‘Even when they don’t express their thoughts verbally, most people constantly throw off clues to what they’re thinking and feeling. Non-verbal messages communicated through the sender’s body movements, facial expressions, vocal tone and volume, and other clues are collectively known as body language.’
People react to circumstances with micro-expressions, hand gestures, and posture. Most of us are not even aware of them. However, what we do with our body language has a huge impact on other people and how they interpret and perceive us.
How To Use It In Writing
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.
Cheat Sheets For Writing Body Language
Use this list to help you with your body language descriptions. It will help you to translate emotions and thoughts into written body language.
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by Amanda Patterson
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