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After the post last week on facial expression, I was reminded that body language is another big part of sharing character emotion with the reader. There are so many ways to express emotion with the body, I thought I'd collect some great examples here.
As writers, we spend so much time on dialogue, setting, and characterization, but to give readers a true picture of our characters' emotions, they need to see how the character is communicating with the body.
First off, Writing Genre Fiction has a wonderful list of emotions--from anger to unhappiness--with suggested examples of body language for each. You'll find more in body language basics.
If you want to write realistic body language, it stand to reason you should be adept at interpreting body language. WikiHow has a great article to teach how it's done. MakeUseOf.com also has a tutorial on reading body language. Body Language Expert posts many articles on how to understand the signals of body language.
Did you know there are actual terms for different kinds of body language? On Routines for Writers, writing instructor Margie Lawson shares seven terms writers need to know.
Fiction Fix demonstrates how to slip body language into dialogue to make it far more interesting than "he said, she said". Soon, you'll be using body language to create believable characters.
Lastly, don't forget about the amazing Emotion Thesaurus available at The Bookshelf Muse. It's definitely something to bookmark.
Did you miss the post on facial expression?