Monday, June 10, 2013

See How They Feel


Writing Prompt


Body language speaks loudly. Often it says more than our words. Yesterday I was at a family gathering, and when the teens were asked to come in and join us, two of them walked in and slumped into chairs. One sat with her arms crossed, her lips drawn into a tight thin line. The other crossed her legs, sat twisted with her back toward us as she stared at the floor. I don't have to tell you they weren't happy to be there, because their body language already told you so.

Today's writing prompt is an exercise in body language. Choose a character of your choice. Man, woman, child, or baby; doesn't matter. Show how they are feeling in a short scene with body language. Creating a visual draws readers into the scene.

Feelings to show through body language:

  • depressed
  • angry
  • hungry
  • impatient
  • infatuated
  • curious
  • happy
  • afraid
  • nervous

Have fun with this one. If you really want to challenge yourself, show a character feeling one way and have those feelings transform into another.

Photo credits: B Rosen

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