PHYSICAL FEATURE THESAURUS

CHEEKS



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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:
Blush: redden, pinken, flush, glow, gild, rouge, stain, tint, burn, heat, warm
Retract: suck or draw in, deflate, narrow
Inflate: blow out, expand, balloon, distend, bloat

EMOTIONS AND RELATED GESTURES:
  • Nervousness or uncertainty may be shown when a person taps, rubs, or chews on her cheeks. A tic could also form, causing the skin in that area to jump.
  • A person might blow out her cheeks when she's experiencing impatience or frustration.
  • The cheeks will redden (along with the rest of the face and neck) when embarrassment or anger sets in.
  • And of course, happiness is most easily shown with a smile, which raises the cheeks and brightens the face.

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