Sometimes when I read my chapters, I notice repetitions. How to avoid that?
Just write what you want, but using different words.
Following that advice, I’ll be creating lists with words and expressions that prevent me from saying the exactly same thing over and over again and, of course, I’ll be sharing those lists with you.
Here’s the first of them.
- appealing – this one can mean attractive, but it can also show good will, approval or agreement
- beatific – blissfully happy
- blissful – extremely happy and content
- cheerful – happy and optimistic
- dreamy – a dreamy look shows that your character is thinking about something pleasant while probably also being too distracted by it to pay attention to what is going on around them or with your other characters
- ecstatic – extremely happy, joyful, excited
- hopeful – feeling or inspiring optimism
- light up – when a person’s face lights up, their mood changes from a negative to a positive one
- mild – gentle, easygoing
- quizzical – your character can have a quizzical look when they are surprised and confused by something, but at the same time find that thing interesting, funny or non-threatening
- radiant – extremely happy
- smiley – smiling, cheerful
Some of the other lists I plan include:
- neutral facial expressions
- facial expressions while flirting/seducing a character
Other lists that already exist:
- 17 Handy Negative Words to Describe Facial Expressions
- 47 Ways for Your Characters to Walk
- Is Harry Potter’s Fear a Phobia? A List of Phobias to Include in Your Book
Do you know any other words that fit into this list?
Share them in the comments and I’ll add them to the post and give you credit!
If you want to request a list on a particular topic, you can do so in the comments.