Friday, August 24, 2018

Show Don't Tell Descriptions - Part 4 Body Movements

by Elva Cobb Martin

Today I want to share some show, don't tell descriptions for body movements that will make our readers see what we are trying to describe.

He lifted her chin with his hand and gazed into her eyes. (Look at Gable's romantic body movement with Scarlet)

He put his hand on her shoulder in a possessive gesture.

His sudden iron grip on her wrist halted her flight.

Her slender hands twisted in her lap.

He slammed his hand on the desk.

He held up a hand to silence her.

She turned away, her hands clenched at her sides.

He waved his hand in a gesture of dismissal.

He ran his hand over his cropped hair.

His hand lingered too long in its clasp.

He drove his fist into his palm.

He cupped the warm mug in his huge hand.

He pushed stray tendrils of hair from her cheek.

She bent her head and studied her hands.

With a tip of his head, he motioned her to the chair beside him.

She raised her chin with a cool stare in his direction.

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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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