When A Character Cries

What response do you want to elicit from other characters, and readers, when someone cries in your novel? Consider the following.

Types of Crying

  1. Blubbering: Unattractive, loud crying. Characterized by mutters, truncated, erratic breathing, clinched facial expressions and hunched posture.
  2. Hyperventilate-Crying: Forceful crying causing heavy breathing, resulting in the inability to speak or produce sounds even resembling words.
  3. Scream-Crying: Violent crying accompanied with bouts of yelling or sometimes shrieking. May also include slapping, punching or other physical expressions of distress.
  4. Silent Tears: Soft, inaudible crying that does not draw attention; May manifest only in a single tear rolling down one’s cheek.
  5. Sobbing: Heavy crying with a large volume tears flowing steadily; Generally audible but not inappropriately loud.
  6. Snivelling: Audible, but soft crying, also prone to muttering and erratic breathing; May also show signs of drool or mucus.
  7. Weeping: A gentler version of sobbing; Involves soft, steady stream of tears with some times lightly audible signs of distress.
  8. Whimpering: Soft crying usually including few or no tears at all; Often incorporates muttering and/or high-pitched sighs.

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Posted on: 16th February 2013
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