EMOTION AMPLIFIER THESAURUS

DISTRACTION



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HELPFUL TIP:

Amplifiers are conditions that enhance emotions, causing characters to become more volatile. This often leads to impaired decision-making, hasty actions and, best of all, mistakes. When utilizing an amplifier to generate conflict, think carefully about setting choices and which environments will naturally escalate emotion. An amplifier can also be perfect for triggering your character’s negative traits; the resulting fallout will draw attention to how his flaws trip him up and hold him back.
DEFINITION:
Mental preoccupation that makes focusing difficult

PHYSICAL SIGNALS AND BEHAVIORS:
Gazing off at nothing
Not answering when a response is requested
Doing jobs half-heartedly
Being late
A slack expression, the mouth slightly agape
Forgetting appointments and meetings
A general state of disorganization
Performing poorly at work or school
An inability to complete menial tasks (burning dinner, leaving clothes to mildew in the dryer)
Clothes that are buttoned up wrong
Arriving at a destination and realizing that something has been forgotten
Bumping into people or things
Trailing off while speaking
Adopting a look of extreme concentration in an effort to pay attention
Losing interest in hobbies or pastimes
Wearing mismatched or dirty clothes
Oversleeping
Avoiding social situations
Attending social events but not joining in (standing to the side, hanging out by the snacks)
Being included in conversations but not participating
Clumsiness
Forgetting the basics (leaving doors unlocked, losing track of one’s things, forgetting to shave)
A seeming preoccupation with oneself
A perception of being snobby or standoffish generated by the inability to engage
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INTERNAL SENSATIONS:
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MENTAL RESPONSES:
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CUES OF ACUTE OR LONG TERM DISTRACTION:
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WRITERS TIP:
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ASSOCIATED POWER VERBS:
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SCENARIOS FOR BUILDING CONFLICT AND TENSION:
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