PHYSICAL FEATURE THESAURUS

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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:
Run: hurry, race, dash, dart, flee, hustle, jog, scramble, scurry, scamper, rush, tear off, sprint
Walk: amble, meander, ramble, saunter, step, stride, hike, lumber, pace, plod, roam, shamble, shuffle, stroll, strut, toddle, tramp
Tiptoe: whisper, sneak, steal, patter, pad

EMOTIONS AND RELATED GESTURES:
  • In the throes of anger, people will place their feet with force, causing them to stamp, kick, run, stomp, crush, trudge, hammer, or pound.
  • Worry will initiate more tentative motions such as shuffling, nudging, scuffing, shifting, scraping, jittering, tingling, jumping, fidgeting, or pacing.
  • Sadness slows a body's movement even more. In response to this emotion, the feet may drag, shamble, stumble, trip, weaken, go numb, or go limp.

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