Last month, I mentioned the launch of Emotional Beats: How to Easily Convert your Writing into Palpable Feelings. As promised, here is the next installment from the book. It lists beats you can use to convey:
Indifference can be hard to convey through a beat because you’re really describing the lack of a physical reaction. And you can have your characters shrug only so much before they start looking like they’re having a seizure. Some useful beats are:
- She looked down at him through laced fingers.
- She steepled her long fingers together.
- He absent-mindedly cracked his knuckles.
- He dismissed her with a commanding gesture.
- She pressed her hands to her cheeks.
- She made a steeple of her fingers.
- She sent an indifferent glance about the room.
- He cast only the slightest of glances to the woman before focusing back to [object].
- He yawned.
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