PHYSICAL FEATURE THESAURUS

ARMS



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HELPFUL TIP:

One trick to writing fresh emotional responses is to focus on different parts of the body. Think carefully about the character’s exact emotions in the scene and how the body might shift or move in response. Vividly describing the colors, shapes, or textures in the character's environment can also bring the scene to life for readers.
DESCRIPTORS AND KEY ELEMENTS:
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COMMON ACTIONS AND ALTERNATIVE WORDS TO DENOTE THEM:
Carry: lift, heft, hoist, lug, shift, take, tote, move
Hold: clamp, clinch, clutch, grasp, grip, squeeze, lock, ensnare, hook, trap
Hug: embrace, squeeze, enfold, hold, clasp, cuddle, snuggle

EMOTIONS AND RELATED GESTURES:
In times of excitement, a person's gestures become large and animated. Arms will often flap, wave, pump, flail, or gesticulate wildly. People may also embrace others in their exuberance.

Anger is often expressed by a tightening of the muscles, making the arms seem stiffened or hardened. Angry characters will often cross their arms, reinforcing the tight and closed-off look.

SIMILE AND METAPHOR EXAMPLES:
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CLICHÉS TO AVOID:
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BODY DESCRIPTION NOTES:
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