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20 Ways to Show an Angry Character

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20 Ways to Show an Angry Character

Okay, 20 Ways to show an Angry Character without using the word angry.  The old Show vs. Tell battle. Which is better? Which is worse? 

I know, I know. You have some strong opinions. Opinions that probably lie with SHOW IT BABY THAT’S THE ONLY CORRECT ANSWER. 

Well, I ask you . . . is it always better? Always. In every scenario? No matter what? 

I think NOT. In a lot of situations, showing is better. But sometimes- well, that’s for another article. 

Let’s get into it. 

  1. A neck that feels like it’s about to snap
  2. Shaking through the body
  3. A red face
  4. A twitch in the eye
  5. Feeling like your heart is going to burst out of your chest (Pounding heart.. you knew that nvm) 
  6. A burning in your neck, and a tightness around your arteries
  7. Heaving shoulders
  8. Clenched fist
  9. Tunnel vision 
  10. An ache in your throat 
  11. Scattered vision 
  12. Deep breaths
  13. Ragged breaths
  14. Shaky breathy
  15. Feeling hot
  16. Yelling, shouting, growling, snapping  . . . blah blah blah
  17. A sense of calm — this one is especially dangerous
  18. Rapid heart beat 
  19. Crying
  20. Breaking things

It’s a little embarrassing how long it took me to put that list together. I’m a writer, this is what I’m supposed to be good at, right? Well, that’s why we’re here. We’re all learning together! Isn’t that wonderful? Right? Hello? . . . Hello? 

There’s more obviously. Like hundreds of other ways to say it, but these are the twenty I was able to come up with in a few minutes…. or longer, I’ll never tell. If you want more, keep on the look out for my Writing Resource Manual coming out some time next year! In there will be hundred of ways to emote emotions without using words like 'sad', 'mad', or, 'glad' which I know will be the relief of the century for you. 

Now, it's your turn! Tell me a better way to emote anger in the comments! Or keep your mouth shut. Whatever.


Stay saucy.  

XOXO - Kate

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