PHYSICAL FEATURE THESAURUS

EYEBROWS



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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:
Furrow: gather, pinch, tighten, draw together, join, press, meld, knit, narrow
Raise: lift, arch, jump, boost, hike, quirk
Lower: crouch, slump, slant, sink, collapse

EMOTIONS AND RELATED GESTURES:
  • In times of gentle surprise, a person's brows can rise gradually; with shock, the eyebrows tend to shoot up high. Brows move instinctively, so even if a character is trying to hide these emotions, the brows will often lift slightly before they can be brought under control.
  • When fear sets in, a character's brows may draw together and curl slightly, contrasting with a widening of the eyes.
  • Worry is often indicated when the eyebrows lower and a wrinkle or crease appears between them.
  • When someone is feeling sympathy, the brows will draw down and together ever so slightly.

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