PHYSICAL FEATURE THESAURUS

FINGERNAILS



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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:
Pluck: pick, pull, collect, draw, harvest, gather, glean, cull
Drum: rap, tap, thrum, tattoo, beat
Scratch: scrape, scuff, cut, scar, chafe, rub, graze, rake, gouge, score, gash, tear, claw, slice

EMOTIONS AND RELATED GESTURES:
  • Nervousness is often shown through people fidgeting with their fingernails, exhibiting actions that include biting, chewing, nibbling, picking, pulling, and tearing. This emotion will also cause people to drum or tap their nails on a nearby surface.
  • For those exhibiting anger or rage, fingernails can be used as weapons to attack, cut, slash, slice, or otherwise harm others.

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