Limits of the Human Body by Soda Pop Avenue
Credit goes to SPA, but I wanted this here for a writer’s reference. This way we know exactly how far we can push our characters ;)
WORK: “Punctuation social personalities”
Poster by Carrie J Keplinger
The first thing the character notices will be very subjective to their personality, tastes, and even height (the first thing I notice about people is that I often need to crane my neck to look them in the eye). It might even be that your character simply notices their Future Love Interest look nice and falls in love with the FLI’s “attractive features” later in the novel.
Some tips (that are all subjective)
- Eyebrows. You get crazy ones, drawn-on ones, missing ones, rough ones, omg how do you do the perfect ones, quizzical ones, and everything in the middle. Eyebrows frame a face and add shape to the eye, so I think they’re worth going into (see here and here)
- Mouths. Your characters - or at least one of them - will be interested in kissing dem lips. Are they thin? Plump? Pouty? Even the curve of the mouth can be interesting. My friend has an upward curve to his mouth and he looks perpetually good-natured
- Scents. It’s scientifically proven we choose mates based on how they smell. Your character will probably love their FLI’s scent. Describe how addicting/intoxicating/sweet it is. The FLI might wear perfume or cologne, and I suppose you could describe that, but I’m talking about natural body smell. I’ve always found this perfume descriptor to be helpful, even when referring to natural body smells.
- Clothing/accessories. We express our interests and personality through their clothes. Is the FLI wearing soft colors that soothe and relax, or loud, clashing colors that make you pay attention? Is the FLI wearing a fandom tee that your character loves? Bam. Instant appreciation and a conversation starter.
- Eyes. Yes, yes you mentioned this was overused, but there’s a reason for it. “Eyes are the window to the soul” and all that. You don’t even need to focus on their eye color: try their eye shape, their eyelashes, their eye makeup (if any), or the size of their eyes. You can also describe how their eyes affect the rest of their face - are their huge eyes all you see? Are they heavily lidded and therefore make the FLI appear relaxed? Does their upward tilt make the FLI appear feline?
Emotions and thoughts are even more subjective than what the character sees, so I’ll just give a few examples.
- Relaxed. (This person is nice. I want to get to know them.)
- UwU (This person is really cute and I want to snuggle with them)
- Suspicion (This person is too good to be true. They’re definitely a serial killer)
- Unworthiness (This person is so attractive. I could never date someone like that.)
- Potential (I wouldn’t mind dating you)
- Calculation (Is it worth dating them?)
- Fixation (Can I ruffle your hair?)
- Mild embarrassment (This person is hot and I am making an ass out of myself)
- Awkwardness (hey, you. um … your nose is cool)
- Open attraction (“Hey hottie!”/”I love your sweater”)
- Internally hyperventilating (jesus take the wheel this person is hot)
- Appreciation (what a stud!)
- Arousal (get thee to my bedchamber)
And sometimes it isn’t even an immediate reaction. Sometimes you befriend someone and you socialize, but there are no mad torrents of emotion usually characterizing love. Sometimes it’s a creeping realization that pounces on you at one in the morning and won’t release you from its claws. Sometimes you look over after a shared joke and realize how beautiful their eyes are or how attractive they are when they laugh, even though you never found them attractive before. Sometimes it’s like that.
Hope that helps.
you have only
taking a picture
and looking at the
image and staring
in the mirror and
looking at your
you don’t get to see
the way your eyes
light up when you talk
and you can never
see how beautiful
you look when you
it’s really is kinda
sad that you never
actually have seen yourself
but I can promise you
I will be here everyday
to tell you what i seeR’J
Each subject has its own style of writing. Here’s a short guide on the three main subjects you’ll be writing for:
IB Lit- this is the most substantial. Remember to always include textual evidence for any of your ideas. Use active voice. Always keep it in MLA format. Never forget to explain why…
What do they do (consciously or not) to get attention?
It’s essay writing season for tons of students!
After being a college writing tutor for over a year, I thought I would share my advice with all you awesome people on tumblr. This is how I write essays, but if you’ve got more tips, feel free to add them below.
Happy writing. You can do it!
- lypophrenia: a feeling of sadness seemingly without a cause
- drapetomania: an overwhelming urge to run away
- escapism: a mental desire to retreat from unpleasant realities through fantasy
- wanderlust: a desire to travel, to understand one’s very existence
- dysania: the state of finding it difficult to get out of bed in the morning
- sanctuary: a small safe place in a troubling world
- metathesiophobia: fear of change
Wanted to share this helpful tool with anyone who needs it. A lot of people have a hard time putting their feelings into words and identifying what emotions they are feeling. This is called a feeling wheel. It can help you get to the core emotion you are experiencing and help you name each feeling when you’re overwhelmed with many emotions
this is so cool
Choose one of the mood/tone adjectives below. In 500 words or less, describe a setting based around that word. Description only; no dialogue, no personal action. Do not use the word in your piece. Tag your responses with your chosen word and of course #fycd.