Sunday, August 12, 2018

Show Don't Tell Descriptions - Part 3 Positive Facial Expressions

by Elva Cobb Martin

We've covered good show, don't tell descriptions in general and negative facial expressions. Today I want to share some positive facial expressions we can show versus tell.

A small smile of enchantment touched his lips.

She smiled in contentment, smelling the faint citrus scent of his after-shave.

A grin overtook his features.

A thoughtful smile curved her lips.

A smile found its way through the mask of uncertainty.

He gave her a smile that sent her pulses racing.

His face split into a wide grin.

His grin flashed briefly, dazzling against his olive skin.

A smile ruffled her mouth.

The glow of his look warmed her across the room.

Her smile was eager and alive with affection and delight.

With a slow, secret smile, she understood.

From my Summer of Deception romantic suspense after the first kiss: "As she walked up the steps to her room, a smile continued to curve Rachel's lips, still warm from his kiss.

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Elva Cobb Martin is vice-president of the South Carolina Chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers. She is a former school teacher and a graduate of Anderson University and Erskine College. She has two inspirational novels published with Lighthouse Publishers of the Carolinas. Summer of Deception, a contemporary romantic suspense, and an historical romance, In a Pirate’s Debt. Both have spent time on Amazon’s 100 Best Sellers List for Women’s Religious Fiction. She has indie published a Bible study on Amazon, Power Over Satan, on the  believer's authority in Christ. Decision, Charisma, and Home Life have carried Elva's articles. Jim Hart of Hartline Literary represents her. She and her husband Dwayne are semi-retired ministers. A mother and grandmother, Elva lives in South Carolina. Connect with her on her web site,on Twitter; Facebook;  and Pinterest
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