PHYSICAL FEATURE THESAURUS

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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:
Move: run, walk, jog, stride, sprint, pump, piston, leap, jump, dash, dart, lope, trot, race, flee, hurry, skip
Dance: boogie, cavort, careen, hop, jive, frolic, prance, caper, jitter, romp
Support: uphold, stand, bear weight, prop up

EMOTIONS AND RELATED GESTURES:

Nervousness can cause the legs to tremble or grow weak, making a person want to sit down. A nervous person might cross and uncross her legs or use them to switch back and forth between sitting and standing. Pacing is also a common response to this emotion.

During times of terror, the legs can respond to the fight-or-flight scenario in a number of ways. They might suddenly weaken or seize up, causing the person to collapse. Alternatively, they may twitch or jerk as the subject prepares to bolt.

In times of excitement, the legs often exhibit quick, almost involuntary motions. They might quiver or tremble as adrenaline rushes through them. The subject might find herself bouncing, jumping, or twitching in response.


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