The People We Meet—Using Body Language To Show Emotion with Kathy Otten

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The People We Meet—Using Body Language To Show Emotion.

As writers we are constantly reminded to show, not tell our stories.

Understanding how your characters react to the story problems and to other characters is a key element in connecting your readers to your characters in a believable way.

As authors we should never tell the reader whether or not to like a character. In the same way we form judgments and opinions of people based on our interpretation of their body language, our characters, and the reader too, form opinions based on the subtle nuances of body language the writer puts down on the page.

In the same way we form judgments and opinions of people based on our interpretation of their body language, the reader too, forms opinions about our characters, based on the visuals we create. In this workshop we’ll look at body language as the best way to create those visuals.
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Week One-What Is Body Language?
Body language is the non-verbal communication of:
  • Feelings
  • Attitudes
  • Moods
  • Universal Facial Expressions
Week Two-Interpreting Body Language
We read body language to gauge the mood of those around us, and so does your character
  • How your character sees those around him/her.
  • Avoid Head Hopping
  • How We Lie
Week Three-Touch and Levels of Intimacy
Body language also involves touch, how and where we touch
  • Our environment
  • Ourselves
  • Others

Week Four-How Various Parts of Our Body Communicate

We communicate through more than facial expressions and so do our characters.
  • Arms
  • Legs
  • Heads
  • Body position
  • Proxemics
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