“we needed to see the characters’ faces, expressions, and hope”

I get that, from a technical standpoint. I wish I could figure out how to do that.

Faces? Expressions? I don’t know how to describe those. I don’t ever look people in the eye. Or if I do, I’m not really, it’s a masking thing, something I learned to do, but most often still avoid. So how can I describe facial expressions without looking at people. I could watch more movies, I suppose, but I don’t really like spending my time like that.

“you are good at showing action, but not the emotion”

I’ve always had a difficult time expressing my emotions. If someone asks me how I’m feeling or what I’m feeling, I don’t know how to explain it. I usually have one of three answers: overwhelmed, numb, or I don’t know.

So how do I do that for my characters? How do I show emotion when I don’t even really know what that is?

If I’m crying, is it because I’m sad? Scared? I don’t know. If I’m laughing, I assume that means I’m happy. But if you ask me what it feels like to be happy, I have no idea. So how do I describe that in writing without just saying “so-and-so was happy.” Because I sure don’t want to make my character a laughing fool. Or a constant cryer, on the flip side. So there’s all these nuances in between that I need to figure out how to describe.

Just thinking these things out, writing them down to document and take this as a starting point. I have a lot to think about, and thinking I can do over feeling any day.

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