Use Body Language to Make Your Characters Come Alive on the Page

Writers are constantly reminded to show, not tell their stories. How does one actually do this, when writing a story is essentially telling?

Showing is about creating visuals. Through sensory detail, active verbs, and body language, the one-dimensional words on the page come alive like a movie reel, creating a vivid three-dimensional image in the reader’s mind.

In her 1982 article, The Masked Meaning of Nonverbal Messages, Victoria E. Jackson cites the findings of Albert Mehrabian, an authority…