Writing Wednesdays: 10 Ways to Show Your Character is Irritated

Writing Wednesdays - 10 Ways to Show Your Character is Irritated

There are only so many times you can use the word “irritated”… Or “annoyed”. Or “frustrated”. Or “ticked off” (yeah, I know it’s a phrase, not a word).

You get it: you can use “irritated” or a synonym of it in your writing. However, in order to avoid repetition while at the same time adhering to the show don’t tell rule, why don’t you include one – or more – of these ten gestures?

Here are ten ways to show – not tell – that your character is irritated. Have your character:

  1. rub their brow
  2. narrow their eyes
  3. press their lips together
  4. cross their arms across their chest
  5. tap their fingers/foot
  6. pace
  7. use a sharp tone
  8. get argumentative
  9. get sarcastic
  10. go silent

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