The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide To Character Expression

By Angela Ackerman, Becca Puglisi

One of many greatest troublesome areas for writers is conveying a character's feelings to the reader in a special, compelling means. This publication involves the rescue by means of highlighting seventy five feelings and directory the prospective physique language cues, strategies, and visceral responses for every. utilizing its easy-to-navigate checklist structure, readers can draw concept from personality cues that variety in depth to check any emotional second. The Emotion word list additionally tackles universal emotion-related writing difficulties and offers easy methods to triumph over them. This writing device encourages writers to teach, no longer inform emotion and is an artistic brainstorming source for any fiction venture.

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Dragging the fingers down one’s pant legs Chewing at one’s lips or internal cheek and making them bleed A faded or sickly complexion inner SENSATIONS: A rolling belly Heavy or slow heartbeat Chills chilly hands Tingling within the chest A weighted chest hassle respiring A bitter style within the mouth soreness behind the throat hassle swallowing Dizziness Shakiness within the limbs psychological RESPONSES: ideas of break out desirous to conceal Wishing time could accelerate An lack of ability to determine a good end result the necessity to cost for hazard overriding the necessity to disguise CUES OF ACUTE OR long term DREAD: Shaking, shuddering leaping at sounds tooth chattering Weeping looking any excuse to prevent what's to come back Hyperventilating Bargaining, pleading nervousness assault may perhaps increase TO: pain, TERROR CUES OF SUPPRESSED DREAD: performing like one is just feeling less than the elements trying to get away through distraction (TV, booklet, tune) Focusing strategies to maintain worry from taking up retaining nonetheless go back to the desk of Contents WRITER’S TIP: hold an total viewpoint of the book’s emotional diversity. a robust manuscript will consistently divulge the reader to a number of contrasting emotional stories that healthy in the context of the protagonist’s development. EAGERNESS DEFINITION: enthusiasm for what's to return actual signs: Leaning ahead Eyes that glow dashing one’s phrases conversing in a bubbly or loud tone Rapt cognizance, nodding utilizing excitable language Agreeability to no matter what is advised fidgeting with an item to maintain the palms busy Squeezing the arms at one’s facets powerful eye touch speaking over others elevating a hand instantly to be known as on Asking questions, soliciting for details Rubbing the arms jointly Leaning ahead with a hand at the knee Sitting on the fringe of a chair permitting others into one’s own area Licking one’s lips, smiling ft pointing ahead Shoulders directly and again lively gesturing Bouncing on one’s ft relocating, fidgeting, pacing Blowing out a protracted breath and smiling Eyes huge, rounded, with only a few blinks fingers clutched jointly Head up, alert a quick stroll, jog, or run Sharing a glance or wink with one other Clambering in the direction of a gaggle or occasion Whispering in hushed, excitable tones Scuffing a chair toward the desk Arriving early Quirking an eyebrow and smiling Friendliness, inspite of these no longer in one’s personal social circle Pulling or prodding others to rush up inner SENSATIONS: Fluttery belly elevated heartbeat An increasing feeling within the chest Breathlessness Adrenaline inflicting alertness psychological RESPONSES: targeted listening robust association and preparedness An lack of ability to be aware of the rest meaning to proportion and comprise others wasting all inhibitions confident outlook and considering A willingness to tackle accountability, to assist or lead CUES OF ACUTE OR long term EAGERNESS: getting ready early, usually hours or days prior to wanted making plans or obsessing over each aspect looking perfection Hurrying or dashing to make issues ensue speedier might enhance TO: pleasure, IMPATIENCE CUES OF SUPPRESSED EAGERNESS: Clamping the arms within the lap Tight muscle mass Forcing oneself to sit down nonetheless Slowing one’s speech, focusing on being articulate a sequence of deep breaths taking over a job or chore to cross the time Feigning disinterest via adopting a free and cozy posture creating a mild detour as a ruse go back to the desk of Contents WRITER’S TIP: To generate friction in discussion, supply the individuals opposing targets.

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