PHYSICAL FEATURE THESAURUS

FINGERS



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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:
Quiver: shake, shiver, shudder, tremble, flutter, jitter, quaver, tremor
Tingle: smart, sting, tingle, prickle, tickle, throb
Fidget: tap, drum, beat, rub, stroke, pick, pluck, bounce, pat, flick, worry, fret, fiddle, twiddle, twitch, chafe, fuss, squeeze, waggle, flutter, snap

EMOTIONS AND RELATED GESTURES:
  • When people are struggling with nervousness or worry, the fingers often give them away. Fingers worry at each other, pick at loose threads, stroke or rub a certain spot over and over, drum on a tabletop, or tap the lip or chin. The fingers can play a great role in individualizing your character and creating those unique movements to show when your hero is anxious.
  • The fingers will quiver or tremble at the height of any strong emotion like excitement, terror, or rage. A common sign of anger is the fingers curling into fists. And of course, people in many cultures will recognize the most obvious finger signal for frustration or indignation.

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