Has anyone ever seen the show ‘Lie to Me’? Back seasons started airing on French television recently and I gotta say I find the whole thing really interesting (even though Tim Roth is constantly hopping around the screen like he has to pee- what is with that?) Apparently there are six universal expressions: sadness, happiness, anger, fear, disgust, and surprise. These expressions have the same effect on a human face, no matter the time, place, or culture.
It got me thinking about what I would have to do if I had a character who couldn’t speak. It’d be a great exercise in physical description and finding the emotion based only on how the character ‘looks’ without giving it away outright. Jessica Bell and Nicole Ducleroir have combined their A-Z challenge in a similar exercise where they've written quick excerpts that display a hidden emotion. The goal is to figure out which emotion they’re trying to show! Be sure to check it out!