You find the funniest things when you study people. I mean really study them. Today, at work, I found myself completely distracted. I don’t know why, but I seemed to be completely lost in my head. I think I was just really really tired. I spent a lot of my down time just staring at people. Not to the point of creepiness (well, maybe some), but I just saw so many things I’d never even noticed before! Body language certainly says a lot about a person’s true feelings.
Case in point: An administrator at the school where I work has it hot for a teacher. I can tell. Everytime they talk, he’s very touchy. He smiles a lot. He nearly glows when she walks into the room. Mind you, most likely, nothing will come of this. He’s pretty old. He might even be married. The teacher is a young spitfire. A rebel, who parties hard and you can tell in the way she dresses and wears her hair. While he wears pristine suits and ties. I can see why he’d find her attractive. That opposites attract thing really is true. It’s just funny to see the way the body gives away things you would never say!
Which is why I suddenly realized how important body language is in stories. Our characters are always reluctant to say what they really mean. They beat around the bush endlessly. They use double entendres (that may be spelled wrong, btw). Most times, all you have to go by is how they act. The little moments that suddenly reveal there’s much more going on underneath those stony surfaces.
I love the little details in stories that give it away! I think of Mr. Darcy in the (current) movie Pride and Prejudice, where he helps Elizabeth into the carriage. That moment always makes my stomach scream. Her expression of pure shock at the physical contact, and the scrunching of his hand, as though he can still feel her touch as he walks away. *swoons* Those are the sort of details that make the characters real! That makes them come to life! And as readers, it’s exciting! Don’t you feel like you’re now part of their secret?
I’m going to spend a lot more time watching people. As discreetly as possible. 😉 Ha, ha.
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