PHYSICAL FEATURE THESAURUS

JAW



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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:
Things Jaws Do: clench, break, lock, slide back and forth, pop or crack, creak, jut, tense, drop open, snap closed

EMOTIONS AND RELATED GESTURES:
  • In anger, a person will often grind the teeth in a way that results in a clenched jaw. Muscles will sometimes jump near the chin or jawline, making tendons stand out.
  • When someone is experiencing fear, the jaw may quiver, which in turn makes the teeth chatter. He may also drop the jaw, opening the mouth wide to breathe in more oxygen in preparation for what’s to come.

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