PHYSICAL FEATURE THESAURUS

NECK



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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:
Turn: bend, come around, pivot, roll, rotate, swivel, twist, jerk
Stretch: roll, extend, crane, lengthen, pull

EMOTIONS AND RELATED GESTURES:
  • In response to anxiety, the neck will tighten, with the skin stretching taut and the tendons standing out. People will often roll, stretch, or massage the neck in an effort to relieve stress.
  • At the onset of embarrassment, a flush will usually start at the neck and creep upward into the face with a hot and prickling sensation.
  • Strong emotion such as fear or anger can tighten the body’s muscles, making the neck feel sore and stiff. Prolonged stress can lead to headaches, migraines, and muscle pain in the neck.

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