Emotion Thesaurus Entry: Smugness

· Lifting one’s chin
· Direct, probing eye contact
· A sigh that conveys annoyance (huff)
· Waving a hand in dismissal
· Perfect posture--shoulders back, exposed neck
· A determined walk, strut or swagger
· Talking over people, controlling conversations
· Lavishing praise on "golden ones" (children, friends in favor, people in power)
· An arrogant laugh
· Tossing one’s hair back, a shake of the head
· Settling back in a chair with exaggerated casualness
· Creating movements that direct attention to oneself (waving a cigar, flashing an expensive watch)
· Fidgeting with jewelry in order to draw attention to it
· Clapping someone on the back, overplaying closeness or friendship


Good news! This sample has been expanded and streamlined into book form! The full list of physical, internal, and mental cues for this and 74 other emotions can be found in The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression, available for purchase at AmazonBarnes & NobleiTunes, and Smashwords. The PDF is also downloadable via the Paypal button in the sidebar. 


3 comments:

AES said...

The Emotion Thesaurus entries are SO helpful!

I do quite a bit of theatre, and I've always struggled with finding "business" that suits my character and what she's thinking and feeling-- these are a great source for ideas on how to make my character move and, by doing so, make her more real.

Angela said...

Glad that you're finding it helpful--thanks for posting to let us know!

Sherry said...

Interesting post--gives me some ideas.

Can you add some writing examples, too? That would be helpful.

Thanks and keep up the great work!

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