Anonymous said: Hey! I have read that while writing it is better to show not tell. I think I have trouble finding different ways to describe people's feelings other then outright stating it (for example, they were feeling happy). I think that maybe I feel like readers won't understand the emotion I am trying to portray. So if you have any tips or links to anything to help with this that would be greatly appreciated :) Love your blog by the way!
Humans generally come equipped with the ability to read various signals and understand their meaning. If someone is frowning, I know that they’re sad. If someone is gritting their teeth, clenching their fists, and turning red, I know that they’re probably angry. If they’re smiling, laughing, and their body language is open, I can assume they’re probably happy. As writers, it behooves us to learn what all of these signals are so that we can write them into our stories. Sometimes it’s just a matter of thinking about what someone looks like when they’re feeling a particular emotion. But if you need more help, I highly recommend The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becky Puglisi. You can find sample entries on their old web site here.