Flustered Is Never Pretty

FLUSTERED isn’t a pretty picture.  Not even in books, stories or essays.  Sometimes a flustered character adds just the right touch.

In life, we’ve all been flustered once, maybe twice. Maybe we’ll just leave it there.

Think about the word “flustered” for a minute.  Then read on.

flustered | adj.

feeling confused, embarrassed, or nervous, especially because you have too much to do or too little time to do something

Imagine yourself running late for an interview with a new agent, or a job interview, or to any appointment, even a date.  And then there’s the deadline you’re not going to meet!  What usually happens to you?  Of course, some of you are pretty together, so maybe it doesn’t happen to you.  But could you pretend just for today?

Usually, I begin to sweat.  I know — not very feminine — but it’s my response to guilt, nerves, feelings of inadequacy, arriving late.  Others become bewildered, even confused under similar circumstances.  A thesaurus entry for flusteredcan be found here.

Any of these responses and the thesaurus entry should be helpful in developing the flusterednature of your character you may be looking for.

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16 thoughts on “Flustered Is Never Pretty

  1. hi Sherrey – am much enjoying your postings thank you! What a good idea to use those flustered moments to enhance one’s writing! (Funny word ‘flustered’!)The comments are always so interesting too – I learn from them.I look forward to the ‘G’ post – I wonder what it could be!
    Susan Scott’s Soul Stuff

    1. Susan, enjoying your following my posts! Yes, I too am learning from the comments. That’s what makes blogging such an interesting process.

  2. I had a flustered moment on Friday, when I couldn’t get my powerpoint to load. There’s nothing like failed technology when 40 teenagers are watching you. LOL! πŸ˜€

    1. C.B., definitely technology can fluster you and me, and since the first of the year, it has flustered me too much. But to have it fail in a presentation? UNFORGIVEABLE!!! Wishing you better days and cooperative technology!

  3. I seem to spend a lot my time flustered, uncertain, caught between (or among) possibilities and challenges. Grrrrrrr!
    Blessings and Bear hugs!
    Bears Noting

    1. I think we writers find ourselves flustered a lot, and definitely uncertainty. Thanks for the visit and the blessings and bear hugs. πŸ™‚

  4. I usually try and find appropriate body language to express a character’s emotion. flustered could be dropping things or nervously moving one’s hands about

  5. Great word for F.I frequently put my characters in situations where they become flustered because it makes them react honestly. A flustered person is more likely to haul off and do something crazy and entertaining.

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