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:
Twitch: tic, jerk, spasm, twinge, jiggle
Wrinkle: crinkle, pucker, crimp, twist, crease
Sniffle: sniff, snort, wheeze, inhale
Run: drip, dribble, pour, drool, leak, spout, weep
Noises Noses Make: sniffle, snuffle, sniff, whistle, huff, wheeze, snore, snort, blow, honk, gurgle, puff, inhale, exhale, sneeze

EMOTIONS AND RELATED GESTURES:
  • When someone is experiencing defensiveness, smugness, or pride, the nose will lift, along with the head, shoulders, and overall bearing. It also lifts when a smell is detected.
  • Noses run when people cry, giving the voice a stopped-up, nasal quality to indicate sadness.
  • Disgust and contempt are displayed by a wrinkling of the nose, while a flaring of the nostrils is a good sign of anger.
  • Frequent scratching or rubbing of the nose is a common sign of nervousness or unease. Also, people often touch their noses when they’re being dishonest.

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