PHYSICAL FEATURE THESAURUS

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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:
Bend: curl, curve or double over, hook, stoop, arch, arc, bow
Twist: turn, swivel, jerk, pivot
Hurt: wrench, sprain, tweak, wrest, pull, wring, pinch, tear

EMOTIONS AND RELATED GESTURES:
Backs aren’t noticed very much because they’re always…well, in the back. But because of their central importance to the human body, the back and spine are involved in many emotional responses. They will slump when a person experiences sadness, disappointment, or embarrassment. Alternatively, they straighten to show pride, confidence, defensiveness, or anger. Surprise or fear can also cause the back to stiffen or freeze.

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