Emotional Beats: Eyes

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, featuring Part 2 of the book: Body Parts. This post deals with eyes:


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

As the saying goes, eyes are the window to the soul. They are also a writer’s best friend, as they can convey a wide variety of emotions. The only thing you need to watch out for is using overworn words: doesn’t “he gaped, unable to peel his gaze off the woman” sound better than “he stared at her”?

  • Her eyelids fluttered shut.
  • A flash of movement caught her eye.
  • Her eyes clouded.
  • He blinked owlishly.
  • She blinked with feigned innocence.
  • Her eyes rolled skyward.
  • Her eyes wandered.
  • Out of the corner of her eye, she saw him.

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5 thoughts on “Emotional Beats: Eyes

  1. Having bought the book, I would highly recommend it to all writers. Nicholas, this section on the eyes is fascinating. I once wrote a short story in which I described very little about the physical appearance of a character other than her eyes. I do believe they reveal a great deal about a character, unlike hair colour, for example.

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