Emotional Beats: Ways to Portray Surprise

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

Everyone loves a twist, right? Which is why your characters will probably be surprised rather often. Here are some ways to describe that:

  • He shot up an eyebrow.
  • He whipped his head around.
  • “What?” she asked with a tilt of her head, as if listening to music only she could hear.
  • She clamped her mouth shut, but her jaw went slack when she saw him. “You!”
  • She arched a questioning eyebrow in his direction.
  • His face remained a plank of wood, his amazement hidden by a slow breath.
  • He raised his eyebrows at her in disbelief.
  • His mouth slackened.
  • A question kept gnawing at…

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