I received this book from one of my sons and his family a couple Christmases ago. This wonderful reference covers behaviors in people of all ages, normal and abnormal, including basic traits of those in various professions from bookkeepers to funeral directors to writers. Really, I can open this book anywhere and find an interesting chunk of 'whoa' to help me create characters as authentic or bizarre as I want. And who couldn't use some body language tips to help their characters tell by showing?
Examples of gestures that show:
- sitting on the arm of a chair
- sitting, hands locked behind head
- sitting, legs apart
- covering mouth with hand
- picking imaginary lint off of sleeve
- looking down, face turned away
- putting finger in mouth
- biting nails
- patting hair
- rubbing nose
- hiding hands, putting hands in pockets
- pursing of lips
- sitting unusually still
- brows raised, long wrinkles across forehead
- eyes wide-open, white showing above the iris
- lower face- dropped mouth, no stretch or tension in lips, lips parted
- raised, drawn brows or flattened brows
- eyes- hard stare, tension in lower lids
- lower face- corners drawn back, lips stretched
I recommend Writer's Guide to Character Traits, second edition,by Linda N. Edelstein, PH.D as a useful edition to your writer's bookshelf.
What are some of your favorite writing references?
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