For example, if you're a mean writer like I am, you probably put your characters in a lot of stressful situations. And when you do, you need to show--not tell--their reactions, so your readers feel what they're feeling.
But how many times can the character's heart stop, or their stomach twist, or bile rise in their throat, or their palms sweat, or 'insert other-over-used-reaction here' before it just gets repetitive? How else do you say it, though?
Mind you--sometimes the situation itself is so obviously stressful that the reaction goes without saying. Oh how I love those moments. But what about the other times? The places where something seemingly innocent is said or done, but it triggers some sort of memory or thought or feeling in your character. What then? What do you do when there really aren't any words left to describe their reaction (especially their physical reaction)?
If you're me, you track down your CPs and beg for help. And then you spend 30-45 minutes brainstorming bad ideas until you finally, FINALLY land on something useable. Which is all well and good until you think about the fact that you just spent 30-45 minutes on one sentence.
Seems like there HAS to be an easier way. Maybe you guys know the answer.
Do you ever run out of words? And how do you find the words you need if you do?