Emotional Beats: Ways to Portray Sadness

Nicholas C. Rossis

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:


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

Characters will often experience sadness. Many will cry (see next), but some may display their sadness with a relaxation of the muscles. For example:

  • He hunched.
  • She slouched.
  • Her shoulders sagged.
  • His shoulders slumped.
  • She wilted.
  • He went limp.
  • He yawned.
  • The whole world seemed to be moving in slow motion. She felt like she was walking in a dream world; a horrific, nightmarish dream world.
  • He heard a roaring in his ears and lost track of what others were saying [this is also a physical manifestation of unbearable grief].
  • Her heart stuttered, and there was this falling, spinning-down feeling.
  • His face sagged.
  • He…

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