Emotional Beats: Ways to Portray Indifference

Nicholas C. Rossis

Emotional Beats | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Read for free with KU

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

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.

Shrugs

  • She…

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