Friday, March 27, 2009

Body Language: The Lean

This is one of my favourite body language tools when writing. I always use this for my heroes-–not my heroine, unless she’s mirroring him--because I see it as a very Alpha male thing to do.
Let’s face it; our Alphas have absolutely no remorse about blatantly invading our heroines’ personal space.

Of course, for it to work there must be mutual attraction between the hero and heroine, or else they could end up doing an impromptu surreptitious waltz around the room as the hero leans in and the heroine steps back in an effort to regain her personal space.

However, we need not worry about this because our heroes & heroines are always majorly attracted to each other!

I’ve found this to be a great way to crank up the sexual tension, and add conflict & emotion. He leans in, but instead of feeling he’s invading her personal space, our heroine experiences all sorts of pleasant physiological and psychological reactions--even if she doesn’t want to feel anything for him!

Like all forms of body language, THE LEAN is subliminal, closing the distance between two people. Telling her, she’s the only woman in the world at that moment and she has his undivided attention. What woman doesn’t want to feel that way?

On the other hand, leaning away has the effect of putting distance between two people, regaining personal space that says, “I don’t like you!” which is a good way to show how the heroine would normally react. Good to use to contrast her reaction to other men. This will cement her attraction towards the hero in the reader’s mind. Have her mirror his lean to show he has her all to himself, even in a room full of people.

However, let her lean away when any other man tries THE LEAN on her. After all, once she’s had THE LEAN from the hero, it spoils her for all other men who try to use this powerful technique on her.

A word of caution: don’t over use this nonverbal form of communication. And don’t allow you hero to overdo it, let him lean away from your heroine every now and then. Have him divert his attention, look away--not at another woman, though. Let your heroine miss the intimacy of your hero’s lean. Then give it back and let her react.

A great way to keep the pull-push ever-present between your two protagonists.

Until next time.
God bless x

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