PHYSICAL FEATURE THESAURUS

EARS



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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:
Hear: listen, eavesdrop, harken, overhear, catch, pick up
Turn red: blush, redden, pinken, flush, glow, tint, burn, heat, warm

EMOTIONS AND RELATED GESTURES:
  • Ears turning pink or red can be a sign of embarrassment or growing anger.
  • At the onset of fear, the ears often become more sensitive to sounds.
  • Nervousness or impatience can be indicated by a person obsessively playing with his ears—pulling, twisting, scratching, rubbing, or bending them.

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