Body Language

How To Show Character Development Through Body Language

Amy Cuddy, a social scientist, presented a Body Language TED talk in 2012. She speaks about how your posture can change your mindset. When I wrote this, it had already been viewed more than 27 million times. Clearly she has something to say. We give so…

Visual Storytelling – The Silent Ballet

On the weekend, I watched Metropolis, the famous silent sci-fi film. During the week, my editor friend invited me to watch Giselle, the iconic ballet as performed by the St Petersburg Ballet company. I was struck by the similarities in these two art forms. When…

3 Tips For Writers Who Eavesdrop

I took myself on a writing date last week. It usually involves a pen, a notebook and a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. It also involves a babysitter, time and series of small miracles, but I persevere. I went to a market…

37 Ways To Write About Anger

We all get angry. It is natural and it can be a good thing. When it is uncontrolled or unnecessary, anger will not do us any favours on either a personal or a social level. The same is true for the characters we create. When…

The Top Five Tips For Using Body Language in your Writing

Why should we use body language when we write? We are always told to use body language in our writing. Sometimes, it's easier said than written. Mia Botha describes how to Say it, without saying it, and Amanda Patterson decided to create these body language cheat…

Cheat Sheets For Writing Body Language

We are always told to use body language in our writing. Sometimes, it's easier said than written. I decided to create these cheat sheets to help you show a character's state of mind. Obviously, a character may exhibit a number of these behaviours. For example,…

Body Language – Eyes

Looking Sideways People who look to the sides a lot are nervous, lying, or distracted. However, if a person looks away from the speaker, it could display a level of comfort or indicate submissiveness. Looking askance generally means the person is distrustful or unconvinced. Looking…
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