PHYSICAL FEATURE THESAURUS

CHIN



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HELPFUL TIP:

Physical features should do more than simply describe how a character looks. Just like their occupation or area of giftedness, a character's appearance can say a great deal about them. Hinting at traits through clothing choices, alluding to an emotional state through movements, and highlighting certain details for comparison or contrast purposes can help readers form opinions on who the character really is.
DESCRIPTORS AND KEY ELEMENTS:
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COMMON ACTIONS AND ALTERNATIVE WORDS TO DENOTE THEM:
Shake: quiver, quaver, tremble, wobble
Other Things Chins Do: jut, gesture, point, lift, lower, recede

EMOTIONS AND RELATED GESTURES:
  • In times of anger, people will often grind their teeth or clamp their jaws, making the chin appear “hard”. When a chin is jutting out, it will often look stronger or more prominent.
  • The most obvious indicator of sadness is crying; when someone is near tears, the chin will quiver or tremble. The person will often drop the chin down to the chest, cover the chin, or rub it in an effort to hold back tears or keep other people from noticing.

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