PHYSICAL FEATURE THESAURUS

STOMACH



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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:
Bounce: jiggle, vibrate, quiver, tremble, shake, judder, jounce
Tighten: harden, tense, suck in, bind
Slacken: release, bulge, balloon, billow, relax, stretch

EMOTIONS AND RELATED GESTURES:
When people are self-conscious or embarrassed about their bodies, they'll often suck in the stomach to make it appear flatter or cross their arms over their mid-section to hide it. On the other hand, people with confidence in their looks have no qualms dressing so the midriff is exposed or clearly visible through revealing or tight clothing. In the midst of shock or surprise, it's common for a person's muscles to tense up, including those in the stomach. Once the moment passes, muscles are allowed to go flaccid once more.

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