“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
-Maya Angelou

So, as writers, I’m sure we all have times when we want to break up a character’s dialogue with some sort of action — a slight wave of the hand, a shrug of the shoulders, or even an aversion of the eyes. After all, showing gestures of what each character does is another way of showing rather than telling. It’s often better to write:

Adam folded his arms and glared across the room at Gregory.


Adam was upset with Gregory.

Allowing the reader to see how a character displays an emotion makes the story more vivid.

With all of that said, here is an article I came across that highlights what different body gestures means. Granted, not every gesture listed is accurate (or exclusive to the meaning listed), as the person taking off the glasses and cleaning them might just want to clean their dirty glasses! But I thought it was a nice enough list to share to at least gain some ideas from if anyone was ever lost for a gesture. 🙂