Emotional Beats: Ways to Portray Joy

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

Back in September, I published Emotional Beats: How to Easily Convert your Writing into Palpable Feelings. As promised, I will be posting the book on my blog. So, here is the next installment, listing beats you can use to convey:


Hopefully, our characters will also know joy every once in a while. Here are some creative ways to portray it.


  • She bounced on her toes.
  • She jumped up and down in glee.


  • He gave a wave for the merriment to commence.
  • She threw her arms open.
  • He threw his hands in the air.
  • She brushed her palms together.
  • He rubbed his hands together.


  • He let out a guffaw that echoed throughout the great room.
  • The silence broke when he broke out into hysterical laughter; a sort of half chuckle, half splutter.
  • He laughed; a hearty, genuine chortle.
  • A laugh broke from…

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