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EMOTION THESAURUS
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No two characters should express emotion the same way. To avoid reusing tired gestures or slipping into telling, use this thesaurus to brainstorm fresh body language, visceral sensations, and thoughts to express your character’s emotions in ways that make sense for them.

ACCEPTANCE

ADORATION

AGITATION

AMAZEMENT

AMUSEMENT

ANGER

ANGUISH

ANNOYANCE

ANTICIPATION

ANXIETY

BITTERNESS

CONFIDENCE

CONFLICTED

CONFUSION

CONTEMPT

CURIOSITY

DEFEAT

DEFENSIVENESS

DENIAL

DEPRESSION

DESIRE

DESPAIR

DESPERATION

DETERMINATION

DEVASTATION

DISAPPOINTMENT

DISBELIEF

DISGUST

DISILLUSIONMENT

DOUBT

DREAD

EAGERNESS

ELATION

EMBARRASSMENT

ENVY

EXCITEMENT

FEAR

FRUSTRATION

GRATITUDE

GRIEF

GUILT

HAPPINESS

HATRED

HOPEFULNESS

HUMILIATION

HURT

IMPATIENCE

INDIFFERENCE

INDIGNATION

INSECURITY

IRRITATION

JEALOUSY

LONELINESS

LOVE

LUST

NERVOUSNESS

NOSTALGIA

OVERWHELMED

PANIC

PARANOIA

PEACEFULNESS

POWERLESSNESS

PRIDE

RAGE

REGRET

RELIEF

RELUCTANCE

REMORSE

RESENTMENT

RESIGNATION

SADNESS

SATISFACTION

SCORN

SELF-LOATHING

SHAME

SHOCK

SKEPTICISM

SMUGNESS

SOMBERNESS

SURPRISE

SUSPICION

SYMPATHY

TERROR

UNCERTAINTY

UNEASE

VALUED

VENGEFULNESS

VULNERABILITY

WARINESS

WORRY

EMOTION AMPLIFIERS

ADDICTION

ATTRACTION

BOREDOM

COLD

DEHYDRATION

DISTRACTION

EXHAUSTION

HANGOVER

HEAT

HUNGER

ILLNESS

INEBRIATION

LETHARGY

OVERSTIMULATION

PAIN

RELAXATION

STRESS

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