While dialogue says a lot, your character’s body can say more.
Here are 5 things to consider with body language:
- Use body language to add depth to your dialogue.
- More than 50% of human communication is non-verbal.
- It shows how your character’s emotions affect his actions.
- It helps to show rather than tell.
- Use it in moderation. If overused, it can slow your story down.
Some examples of emotions portrayed through body language:
Impatience – nod quickly, tap fingers, sigh, check the clock, tap feet, increase pitch in voice, look away
Jealousy – tight lips, sour expression, narrow eyes, crossed arms
Reluctance – cross arms, make fists, drag feet, pinch nose, put hands over ears
Shock – hands over mouth, mouth open, gasp, freeze and stare with wide eyes and raised eyebrows, smack palm against forehead, step back