PHYSICAL FEATURE THESAURUS

SKIN



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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:
Shiver: shudder, jitter, tremble, quiver, tremor, shake, twitch
Tingle: prickle, sting, tickle, prick
Blush: flush, bloom, gild, pinken, redden, stain, tint, tinge, color, darken

EMOTIONS AND RELATED GESTURES:
  • The skin's response to fear often involves prickling or tingling and an overall tightening sensation. It can tremble and shiver and will sometimes even go numb in the extremities. The skin can become over-sensitive to stimuli and the hairs will rise over much of the body, creating a sensation of the skin “crawling”
  • At the onset of embarrassment, the skin will quickly blush and pink up. This flush usually starts at the neck and crawls upward, bringing with it warmth and a feeling of being overheated.

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