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Reblogged from tabletopresources  57 notes

Writing Body Language

tabletopresources:

It happened to me about an hour ago. I was writing a scene between two characters and I knew I had one central goal: To “show” the audience how someone was reacting via body language rather than “telling” them outright.

Tell Example:
"I’m sure you do," said Sara sarcastically.
Note how the writer explicitly tells the reader the underlying meaning and tone of Sara’s response.

Show Example:
Sara’s lips were pressed together in a thin line as Carl spoke. “I’m sure you do,” she said through a half smile.
Note how the writer shows the reader Sara’s actions, her body language. The reader would be quite aware of the cues body language provides, and begins to feel the underlying emotion behind that gesture rather than being outright told.

The central element in the example above was an understanding of and appreciation for body language. We communicate much of the messages we send and receive non verbally. And it could be argued that part of the excitement and interest we have in interacting with others is using that ability to piece together the clues and come to our own conclusions about what someone is thinking. The fun is partly diminished if that game is ruined by outright telling us exactly what we’re supposed to get from a scene, deciding for us how we’re supposed to think and feel about a situation.

So I decided I’d get over that short writer’s block by looking up resources for writing better body language. After reading through a LOT of online resources (many of which promised much but delivered little, or ended up just recommending a book that I could buy if I really wanted those GREAT tips) I did manage to rack down a few that I feel actually helped me get a sense of the message I was trying to convey and gave me inspiring tips to do so through various characters’ body language.

I share them here in hopes you might find them interesting, maybe even helpful.

Quick Sheet anyone?

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Check out Tabletop Gaming Resources for more art, tips and tools for your game!

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hi-coup:

cloudcuckoolander527:

yayfeminism:

One would assume that scientists, who are trained to think objectively, are completely immune to gender discrimination. However, a recent Yale study by Corinne Moss-Racusin and colleagues suggests otherwise.
The researchers created a fictional student and sent out the student’s application to science professors at top, research-intensive universities in the United States. The professors were asked to evaluate how competent this student was, how likely they would be to hire the student, how much they would pay this student, and how willing they would be to mentor the student. All of the applications sent out were identical, except for the fact that half were for a male applicant, John, and half were for a female applicant, Jennifer. Results showed that, with statistical significance, both male and female faculty at these institutions were biased towards male students over female students.
Data from the study shows that on average, science faculty was willing to pay the male applicant about $4,000 more per year. source

"The gender gap doesn’t exist" 
"We don’t need feminism" 
"Maybe he just worked harder"
"*any MRA bullshit*"

I had to read this study for class. It is thorough as fuck.

hi-coup:

cloudcuckoolander527:

yayfeminism:

One would assume that scientists, who are trained to think objectively, are completely immune to gender discrimination. However, a recent Yale study by Corinne Moss-Racusin and colleagues suggests otherwise.

The researchers created a fictional student and sent out the student’s application to science professors at top, research-intensive universities in the United States. The professors were asked to evaluate how competent this student was, how likely they would be to hire the student, how much they would pay this student, and how willing they would be to mentor the student. All of the applications sent out were identical, except for the fact that half were for a male applicant, John, and half were for a female applicant, Jennifer. Results showed that, with statistical significance, both male and female faculty at these institutions were biased towards male students over female students.

Data from the study shows that on average, science faculty was willing to pay the male applicant about $4,000 more per year. 
source

"The gender gap doesn’t exist" 

"We don’t need feminism" 

"Maybe he just worked harder"

"*any MRA bullshit*"

I had to read this study for class. It is thorough as fuck.

averypottermormon:

shrugging:

lardypoison:

did I ever tell you I used to read the welsh version of harry potter as a kid

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"hogwarts’ fast train"

with such loveable characters as

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and of course who could forget the four houses

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and possibly the most dignified

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my country everybody. the only language where if you slap a keyboard you’re probably spelling it right

this post makes me think of bilgsteim crumblewharf

Reblogged from discoveringdaniel  119,817 notes
discoveringdaniel:

albinwonderland:

sunspotpony:

shugarskull:

thisisemobuddy:

juliaofthepnw:

Whatever.

Go forth elven prince of the mountains

He must be a half elf because Elves can’t grow beards

Gimli and Legolas’s true son.

bless everything about this post

Yo interesting fact, but Tolkien Elves can in fact grow beards~ In their third (and sometime second) life cycles Tolkien said that elves can/do grow beards, and there are at least two examples of this (Cirdan, and Mahtan). x (scroll down to “the third cycle of life, and facial hair”)
In other news: Hot damn but this person is majestic as fuck.

discoveringdaniel:

albinwonderland:

sunspotpony:

shugarskull:

thisisemobuddy:

juliaofthepnw:

Whatever.

Go forth elven prince of the mountains

He must be a half elf because Elves can’t grow beards

Gimli and Legolas’s true son.

bless everything about this post

Yo interesting fact, but Tolkien Elves can in fact grow beards~ In their third (and sometime second) life cycles Tolkien said that elves can/do grow beards, and there are at least two examples of this (Cirdan, and Mahtan). x (scroll down to “the third cycle of life, and facial hair”)

In other news: Hot damn but this person is majestic as fuck.

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tamorapierce:

maghrabiyya:

moonstonebeginning:

soulpunx20xx:

moonstonebeginning:

moonstonebeginning:

A great addition to your garden or back yard. - Bee watering station. 
Bees need water just like we do but often times drown in open water. To make a bee watering station you can either do what is shown in the photo above and fill the bowl of a dog/cat watering jug with stones or you can fill a small dish with marbles and add water to that. That way the bees have something to land on!

First post to get this many notes, and I’m so glad it’s this one. ^_^

No fuck bees kill them all

Kill all bees huh? Bees are responsible for pollinating around 80% of agriculture. Bees die, you die. Do research and get over your fears.

bees are so important save the bees

We need bees or the planet will die.
And we just happen to have one of these old dog watering dishes around somewhere.

tamorapierce:

maghrabiyya:

moonstonebeginning:

soulpunx20xx:

moonstonebeginning:

moonstonebeginning:

A great addition to your garden or back yard. - Bee watering station. 

Bees need water just like we do but often times drown in open water. To make a bee watering station you can either do what is shown in the photo above and fill the bowl of a dog/cat watering jug with stones or you can fill a small dish with marbles and add water to that. That way the bees have something to land on!

First post to get this many notes, and I’m so glad it’s this one. ^_^

No fuck bees kill them all

Kill all bees huh? Bees are responsible for pollinating around 80% of agriculture. Bees die, you die. Do research and get over your fears.

bees are so important save the bees

We need bees or the planet will die.

And we just happen to have one of these old dog watering dishes around somewhere.