I am late posting today, but I suppose better late than never. I was teaching a communications class this evening at Red Mountain Community College and several of the class topics caught my eye in terms of writing. Specifically, I was teaching about nonverbal communication and that it often communicates meaning more fully than verbal communication. There are numerous aspects to nonverbal communication, which I will list below. How might you add additional detail to your characters or conflicts by including nonverbal cues such as...?
Emblems: body gestures that translate into words
Illustrators: used to enhance verbal messages (i.e., flight attendant hand gestures during safety instuctions)
Affect Displays: movements of hands, face and body that communicate emotion
Regulators: behaviors that try to regulate or control communication of others (i.e., nod of head or hand in circular motion tells someone keep talking)
Adaptors: gestures that satisfy a personal need (i.e., blowing your nose or scratching an itch)
Territoriality: possessive reaction to a space
Markers: signals of ownership, give you a feeling of belonging
Proxemic Distances: how far or near we place ourselves to one another
Color: the colors we choose to surround ourselves with communicate messages to others
Clothing: Clothes express people’s attitudes toward themselves and their society
Space Decoration: the objects we surround ourselves with communicate meaning
Olfactics: what we smell can communicate (i.e., perfume communicates attraction)
Touch can communicate play, control, ritual, task, and emotion
Absense of touch also communicates (i.e., avoiding someone's handshake)
Paralanguage and Silence:
Paralanguage is the vocal but nonverbal dimension of speech (i.e., accents, pronunciation, stuttering).
Silence can be used as a weapon, to show personal anxiety, to prevent communication, to communicate emotional responses, or simply that someone has nothing to say.
When someone does something communicates a person's thoughts and attitudes about that action. Is it done with punctuality? Is it done as quickly as possible with bare minimum work?
There are likely better ways to "show" your reader details that currently are stated explicitly in your manuscript. Try adding a new detail or two to your work in progress using one of these nonverbal cues.