Kinesics is the study of “body language”, which explores how movements and gestures project a person’s hidden thoughts. Blushing is an obvious reaction. But more subtle ones can be used. When body language contradicts verbal expression, tension, conflict and interesting scenarios increase. This is a great opportunity for writers.
According to Janet Lee Carey, author of Dragon’s Keep, body language:
- Shows the subtle undercurrent of communications between characters (of which either may not be consciously aware).
- Shows the comic or tragic elements behind the dialogue.
- Reveals the character’s true feelings (regardless of what he or she is saying).
In order to accomplish this, the writer must learn to accurately interpret the subtle signals of body language and translate them into the written form. One way is to look at yourself. Ask yourself: what do you do when you’re nervous? Excited? Thrilled? Sad? Angry? How do you do housework when…
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