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Tip of The Day #3: Showing vs Telling Characters' Emotions

In The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Expression by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi, the authors recommend running a word search on your manuscript for the word "felt." The word "felt"  is usually a cue that you are telling, not showing the characters' emotions. Try thinking of body language cues you can incorporate into your scene, such as raised eyebrows to indicate surprise, eyes widening and the body leaning forward at the waist to indicate aggression, or hands on hips to indicate confidence . There are many books and articles available which can give you more ideas.