At times in conversations, there are pauses for various reasons; in videos, the contexts of these pauses are clear because of the characters facial expression. But while writing, at first you can use filler description to annotate these pauses, but if you are writing about a character who does this a lot, then the description starts to fall apart, and the problem escalates if further in the story you have to write about them again. Since you have used every trick in the bag while you were writing about the character, the chances of reputation increases and soon the description seems cliches.
These long pauses arrive during:
- When people say something unexpected, and the other character does not know what to say.
- When the character gets an answer (in the heat of an argument) and he does not know what to say.
- Staring deep into the eyes scene.
- When the character gets smacked in an argument.
These are a few examples at the top of my head, but I am sure there are more (if you know any, feel free to add). In general, what should a writer do about these situations?
I have read these answers:
This one was helpful, but not what I am looking for.
This one didn't have a proper answer.
This was a nice question, but it talked more about emphasis rather than the scene and surrounding.