Have you ever wondered what your main character's body language says to the other characters in your book . . . or even to your readers?
Does her body say that she's available? Does his body say he is lonely? Do their bodies reveal that they are negative? Easy to beat? Or manipulators?
I've often been fascinated with not only what a person says, but in the way they say it. Common gestures such as lifting an eyebrow for disbelief, clasping arms for protection, a shrug for indifference, or tapping fingers for impatience are just a few nonverbal movements our characters make to show how they feel.
But can we go deeper? Are there gestures that can reveal our characters deepest thoughts and feelings?
I thought it would be fun for the next few Wednesdays to delve into these unconscious movements that may help layer our characters with more language: verbal and body.
We'll discuss this further next Wednesday, but I'm curious, do you think body language and spoken language are dependent on each other? If so why, and how do you use them in your writing?