Pin It Saturday: Her Shoulders Slumped Forward

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Another Pin It Saturday is upon us. Yay!! I really hope that someone out there enjoys them. Of course, it’s only the second. Once I get through all the writing topics I will move on to other topics within my Pinterest universe. It’s a universe!

Today I wanted to talk about body language. Looking back at my first book I notice that there is a huge lack in body language. I try, and you can see where I try. There is an eyebrow raise, crossing of arms, gaping mouths, and stomping teenagers. It’s all good stuff, really, but too much of a good thing can be bad. I tend to use the same thing over and over again, just because I have so much trouble writing about body language.

Lucky for me there is a wonderful article that kind of helps lay it out for me. Well, reminds me of things I should be looking for in my characters.

This article HERE talks about ways to communicate body language. Places where you can put in body language that you may have not considered before. I try and point out body language in the books that I read, just to help myself find new ways to express it. Also, let’s not forget, “Show don’t tell.”

I will be adding quirks to my character sheets for all my characters. I want them all to have at least one quirk, like raking a hand through their hair when they are nervous. Flicking their finger when they are telling a lie. Putting their hands on their hips when they are impatiently waiting. Or…jiggling their foot when they are anxious. So many types of body language.

It wold be great practice to watch people as well. I know that when I talk to a cute guy I play with my hair, just to have something to do with my hands. I realize how high school that is, but what do you expect from the girl who has never dated? When I talk to my mom I am overly expressive. My hands are all over the place! Seriously, go to Starbucks, grab you a drink, and people watch. It’s great fun, just don’t get caught staring at people.

Tell me, what are your quirks? And what are some body language type quirks that your characters have?


Facial Expressions

Her brows furrowed and her nose crinkled.  There was a smell in the air and it smelled like death.

I have trouble with facial expressions.  I can see what the face looks like in my head, but for some reason all my fingers can do is type words like “Frown”, “Smile”,  and “Anger.”  I do more telling and less showing when it comes to facial expressions, which if you have read anything about writing, you know is a big no no.

It seems that in the writing world we are to focus more on showing every little detail instead of just writing that our character is happy or sad.  I get it, and I understand.  I just can’t seem to get my mind to work the right way.  I have such a hard time showing how my character feels.  I use a lot of smiling, frowning, and red faces.  Which, if you think about it, it’s kind of the basics of life.  We are smiling, frowning, or blushing most of the time.  Not many people sit, staring off into nothing with a blank expression on their face.

I am good at telling my readers when someone is shocked or afraid, which is usually the same thing.  Wide eyes and gaping mouth.  Well, gaping mouth for shock.  Afraid is what?  Lips pressed together tightly?  But then there is that wonderful “ly” word that seems to cause an epidemic in the writing world.  At least, that is what all the articles say.  I will have more to say on that later.

How many times can you describe someone looking curious or confused?  How about concerned?  I had that come up in my writing last night.  My character was concerned and I had no idea how to really describe that facial expression other than tilting her head to the side and one eye brow raised.

Do you struggle with facial expressions?  How about body language?  Where is all the help on these things?  Someone needs to write a book on how to describe facial expressions.  Unless there is one out there and if there is, please tell me where I can find it.  I obviously need to broaden my knowledge, but I am finding my way.

NaNoWriMo is a good thing for me this year.  I have been in a writing slump since February and it has not only pulled me out, but also has me looking and thinking more deeply about my own writing.  I can feel my writing getting better with every word I put on the page and every search I type into Google.  Maybe every month should be NaNoWriMo…except maybe one month should be NaNoEdiMo (National Novel Editing Month,) that’s not a thing is it?

NaNoWriMo Update:  15,840 Words