Emotional Beats: Ways to Portray Worry

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:

Worry

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

A simple “he frowned” is the easiest way to portray a troubled character. It can get overused rather fast, though. Consider instead some of these alternatives to portray worry:

Frowns

  • Dissatisfaction plowed his brow.
  • Up went his eyebrows.
  • One heavy eyebrow slanted in strong disapproval.
  • His expression slid into a frown.
  • His brow furrowed.
  • Her knitted eyebrows told me she did not believe me
  • Her forced nod of agreement told me I had failed to convince her.
  • His forehead creased with worry.
  • He had a little furrow between his eyebrows as he thought.
  • A deep frown crossed / creased his brow.
  • He scrunched his…

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