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    Portraying the emotion of curiosity

    Emotions can’t be told. They have to be shown #FeelLines runs every Thursday on Twitter. The weekly theme is based on an emotion. The aim is to show a line where a character in your writing expresses this emotion.  Definition: curiosity (about something) | curiosity (to do something) a strong desire to know about something. Expressing the emotion of curiosity Ah! Something has piqued the interest of our main character, compelling them to investigate.  Curiosity fuels plots A curious mind goes places. Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s curiosity led down the rabbit hole. Curiosity leads Bathsheba to meet Sergeant Troy in the hollow amid the ferns in Far from the Madding Crowd.…

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    Portraying the emotion of scorn

    Emotions can’t be told. They have to be shown   #FeelLines runs every Thursday on Twitter. The weekly theme is based on an emotion. The aim is to show a line where a character in your writing expresses this emotion.   The definition of scorn   The definition of scorn is a feeling and expression of contempt or disdain for someone or something.   A favourite emotion employed by the bullies and those who think themselves better than others.   Putting our characters into houses.   We make a habit of compartmentalising personality traits and we have been doing it for a long time.   Ayurveda developed over three-thousand years…

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    Portraying the emotion of anxiety

    Emotions can’t be told. They have to be shown   #FeelLines runs every Thursday on Twitter. The weekly theme is based on an emotion. The aim is to show a line where a character in your writing expresses this emotion.   Expressing the emotion of anxiety   The definition of anxiety is the state of feeling nervous or worried that something bad is going to happen.     Anxiety is a common emotion that we will all feel during our lives. It is the state of fear from the anticipation of a real or imagined threat, event or situation.   The perception of the threat can be from an internal…

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    Portraying the emotion of confusion

    Emotions can’t be told. They have to be shown   #FeelLines runs every Thursday on Twitter. The weekly theme is based on an emotion. The aim is to show a line where a character in your writing expresses this emotion.   Expressing the emotion of confusion   The definition of confusion is the state of not being certain about what is happening, what you should do, or what something means. Let’s approach this emotion with the power of GIFs. I have used GIPHY as an example. I searched ‘confusion‘ and the results were pages of facial expressions which perfectly convey, ‘I haven’t got a clue what’s going on.’   Here…

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    Portraying the emotion of desperation

    #FeelLines runs every Thursday on Twitter. The weekly theme is based on an emotion. The aim is to show a line where a character in your writing expresses this emotion. Expressing the emotion of desperation   The definition of desperation is the state of being desperate. Feeling or showing you have little hope and are ready to do anything without worrying about danger to yourself or others Needing or wanting something very much In the extreme, desperation will cause your characters to act out of character. They will be rash. Judgement and decision making will be hampered. They will break rules. Those who impede them will be cast aside, regardless…

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    Portraying the emotion of sympathy

    #FeelLines runs every Thursday on Twitter. Each weekly theme is an emotion. The aim is to show a line where a character in your writing expresses this emotion. Expressing the emotion of sympathy The definition of sympathy is the feeling of being sorry for somebody; showing that you understand and care about somebody’s problems. A character expressing sympathy conveys to the reader who they care about. If the reader sympathises with the protagonist they’ll care about the same things. Yet, the lack of an emotion can give hints to the relationship a character has towards others. A lack of sympathy towards someone who has fallen on hard times could highlight…

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    Portraying the emotion of smugness

    Emotions can’t be told. They have to be shown #FeelLines runs every Thursday on Twitter. The weekly theme is based on an emotion. The aim is to show a line where a character in your writing expresses this emotion. Expressing smugness  The definition of smugness is an excessive pride in oneself or one’s achievements. How would a smug person feel? Puffed-up like a bird An adrenaline rush (warm/increased heart beat) Confidence in themselves Superior to others Following from this, what body language do you except to see of someone who is feeling pretty smug? A cocked head Chest puffed out Jutting chin Dominating behaviour Smirking Moving/acting in a way to…

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    #FeelLines hashtag writing game on Twitter

    Emotions can’t be told. They have to be shown   I’m starting a new writing hashtag game on Twitter called #FeelLines, which will run every Thursday. This one is going to be a little different to the others.   Each week, there will be a theme based on an emotion. The aim is to express the emotion in the line rather than use the word itself.   The first game is Thursday 11th January and the theme is eagerness.   Expressing emotion   We all have our own individual habits and tics. These aren’t limited to the physical signs but also include internal sensations and the mental response.   The…