PHYSICAL FEATURE THESAURUS

EARS



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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:
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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