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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, continuing Part 3 of the book: Other Beats. This chapter deals with:

Walking and moving (I)

Emotional Beats | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

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There are so many ways of describing walking, each of them conveying a certain emotion. For instance, consider the differences between the following: walk; tread; stride; stroll; saunter; march; amble; stagger; perambulate; ramble; meander; wander; dawdle; mosey; roam; rove; travel; journey; tramp; trudge; slog; plod; lumber; scramble; journey; shuffle; hobble; shamble; waddle; trundle; limp.

Here are some more examples:

  • He swung around/spun around.
  • She slinked over to him
  • She hurtled into the room with all the momentum of a tidal wave, slamming the door behind her.
  • He rushed to his feet.
  • He barreled into the room
  • Snake: I look up at the silhouette snaking towards me
  • He lumbered down the hall.
  • He fled the room.
  • He stalked off.
  • He stormed out of the room / he stormed off.
  • He stomped down the hall.
  • He rushed down the corridor.
  • She sashayed off behind the curtain.
  • She tottered along, unsteadily in her high heels.
  • He tumbled down the alleyway.
  • They followed her as she wove through the room.
  • I’d better scurry.
  • He flew out of the room.
  • He slogged his way back into the room.
  • Their boots crunched across the snow as they walked.
  • His head lowered, he watched his feet step one after the other, his hands clasped behind his back to keep from trembling.
  • His feet kicked up small drifts, ribboned by the wind. He needed this trek to sober up, his head feeling stuffed with wool and crowded with too many thoughts.
  • He shooed her from the room.
  • She stomped down the hallway to her bedroom and slammed the door behind her.
  • He dawdled for a while, alone in the empty room.
  • He made a beeline for the bar.
  • He hoisted the satchel farther up his shoulder and continued walking.
  • He fell into step beside her.
  • He headed past her.
  • He stepped off the elevator with purpose.
  • He took four ground-eating steps.
  • She backpedaled, heading for her boots.
  • She slinked down the darkened corridor.
  • They made their way through…
  • He propelled me toward the far wall.
  • She marched up to him.
  • She stalked into the kitchen.
  • She strode past him.
  • He stormed across the parking lot.
  • He made a break for the door.
  • He loped forward into the thick fog.
  • She picked her way over the rough ground.
  • She slogged through a quicksand jungle.
  • She strode forward.
  • He thrust past him, shouldering him roughly aside and flinging hard against the palisade.
  • He walked towards her, cresting the shingle ridge.
  • She stepped away.
  • She drew nearer.
  • He leaned closer.
  • She inched forward.
  • He loomed closer.
  • The children bounded down the stairs for dinner.

Next week: Walking and Moving (II). View all posts on the subject, or buy the book on Amazon – free on KU!

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