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Exercise: Non-verbal cues (Version 2)
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Posted on: 26 Mar 2001
Reposted on: 29 Feb 2004
Reposted, revised, on: 22 May 2005
Reposted, revised, on: 24 Sept 2006
Choose a character and give him "an attitude." In 300 words or less,
write a scene making it clear to the reader what your character is
feeling using non-verbal cues only.
Experts say the majority of communication is non-verbal--body language,
movements, facial expressions, etc. How often have you known something
with a friend or loved one, without a verbal clue?
The purpose of this exercise is to make us think about how we ascertain
attitude from non-verbal cues. Rely only on body language and other
visual clues to
realistically portray what a character is thinking and feeling without
you use dialogue, don't give away the character's emotion in what is
The Exercise: Choose a character and give her or him "an attitude." In
300 words or less, write a scene making it clear to the reader what
character is thinking or feeling, using non-verbal cues only.
When you critique, be sure to mention what you believe the character is
feeling or thinking. Comment on the cues that led you to that
conclusion. Point it
out if the writer tells rather than shows.
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