PHYSICAL FEATURE THESAURUS

EYEBROWS



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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:
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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