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:
- rub their brow
- narrow their eyes
- press their lips together
- cross their arms across their chest
- tap their fingers/foot
- use a sharp tone
- get argumentative
- get sarcastic
- go silent
Want more character-related lists? Check these out:
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- 17 Handy Negative Words to Describe Facial Expressions
- 33 Ways to Describe Your Character’s Voice
- 40 Words to Describe Your Character’s Eyes
- 47 Ways for Your Characters to Walk
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