If 90% of all communication is non-verbal…

My younger kids have a day off of school due to inclement weather. It’s barely raining outside. Now I realize rain in January is VERY odd for Michigan, but this has been a very odd year and really, no-snow is a good thing. A great thing! All I can figure is that the power must have gone off at their school. Either way, I now have kids at home that I wasn’t planning on. Personally, I LOVE days like this. First off, I don’t have to leave my house. I’m such a homebody so this is a huge bonus. Secondly, I love hanging out in pajamas and watching dumb movies with my kids–even playing a game of SORRY or two. Awesome!

Why am I telling you? Well, I try not to post on days my kids are home because otherwise, I would get hooked to my computer screen and forget to do all those pajama-esque type activities (although I sit at my computer in PJs plenty enough, but you get the idea). That means the post I was going to do today, I’ll save for tomorrow. But I still wanted to ask a quick question to get your thoughts rolling on the subject. It’s on writing.

If 90% of all communication is non-verbal, how should authors portray this? 

How have you seen this done in other books? 

What tricks have you tried personally that worked without weighing down the manuscript?


I will be asking some writer friends to give their thoughts on this as well since I’m looking for ideas at the same time I’m sharing my own. Comment below if you want me to share some of your ideas in tomorrow’s post. The more ideas, the better, because I think this is one of the hardest things to do as a writer, but also the most powerful.

See you tomorrow!

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Author: Rebecca Belliston @rlbelliston

Hopeless romantic and author of CITIZENS OF LOGAN POND, SADIE and AUGUSTINA. Music nerd and composer of RELIGIOUS and CLASSICAL-STYLE music. I live in Michigan with my husband and five kids.

6 thoughts on “If 90% of all communication is non-verbal…”

  1. Fun subject! Everyone has a nervous tick, something they do when they are anxious: biting their lip, scrunching their nose, cracking their knuckles, twirling their hair, etc. The trick is to only use these non-verbal gestures when the character is REALLY anxious. It adds to the mood!New follower!

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  2. I'm very excited as well. I've had enough response that I'm going to spread this topic out over the next three days. So feel free to add to our discussion. And yes, I had an awesome day in PJs making cookies and being absolutely and incredibly lazy. Love those days. :)

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