Let’s Write Joy

If you’re here for the first time, I’ve been writing a series of posts on the body language of various emotions, so authors have a quick reference when they get stuck writing diverse characters. It’s so easy to fall into the same old repetitive action tags. I can’t tell you how many times I used to have characters looking away and looking back at another character in the same scene, then looking away, then looking back. Then looking up, then looking down. Looks upon looks upon looks. Researching and writing these posts are as much to break my bad habits as they are to help you. 🙂

You can check out the rest of the series here.

Now, since so many of the emotions we’ve covered so far are a little gloomy, I thought we’d lighten the mood today. We all (hopefully) know what joy feels like, but I’ve still struggled to write joy that doesn’t seem wooden. I’ve also read some happy characters that seem almost cartoonish in their happiness, and others that seemed too vanilla in their most triumphant moments. Let’s inject a spark into those happy scenes, shall we?

Joyful Body Language and Speech


Joyful Expressions


What Joy Feels Like

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Until next time.


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