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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

ADMIRATION

ADORATION

AGITATION

AMAZEMENT

AMUSEMENT

ANGER

ANGUISH

ANNOYANCE

ANTICIPATION

ANXIETY

APPALLED

APPREHENSION

AWE

BETRAYED

BITTERNESS

CERTAINTY

CONCERN

CONFIDENCE

CONFLICTED

CONFUSION

CONNECTEDNESS

CONTEMPT

CURIOSITY

DEFEAT

DEFENSIVENESS

DEFIANT

DENIAL

DEPRESSED

DESIRE

DESPAIR

DESPERATION

DETERMINATION

DEVASTATION

DISAPPOINTMENT

DISBELIEF

DISCOURAGED

DISGUST

DISILLUSIONMENT

DISSATISFACTION

DOUBT

DREAD

EAGERNESS

ELATION

EMASCULATED

EMBARRASSMENT

EMPATHY

ENVY

EUPHORIA

EXCITEMENT

FEAR

FEARLESSNESS

FLUSTERED

FRUSTRATION

GRATITUDE

GRIEF

GUILT

HAPPINESS

HATRED

HOMESICK

HOPEFULNESS

HORROR

HUMBLED

HUMILIATION

HURT

HYSTERIA

IMPATIENCE

INADEQUATE

INDIFFERENCE

INDIGNATION

INSECURITY

INSPIRED

INTIMIDATED

IRRITATION

JEALOUSY

LONELINESS

LONGING

LOVE

LUST

MOODY

MOVED

NEGLECTED

NERVOUSNESS

NOSTALGIA

OBSESSED

OVERWHELMED

PANIC

PARANOIA

PEACEFULNESS

PITY

PLEASED

POWERLESSNESS

PRIDE

RAGE

REGRET

RELIEF

RELUCTANCE

REMORSE

RESENTMENT

RESIGNATION

SADNESS

SAPPY

SATISFACTION

SCHADENFREUDE

SCORN

SELF-LOATHING

SELF-PITY

SHAME

SHOCK

SKEPTICISM

SMUGNESS

SOMBERNESS

STUNNED

SURPRISE

SUSPICION

SYMPATHY

TERROR

TORMENTED

UNAPPRECIATED

UNCERTAINTY

UNEASE

VALIDATED

VALUED

VENGEFUL

VINDICATED

VULNERABILITY

WANDERLUST

WARINESS

WISTFUL

WORRY

WORTHLESSNESS

EMOTION AMPLIFIERS

ADDICTION

AROUSAL

ATTRACTION

BOREDOM

COLD

DEHYDRATION

DISTRACTION

EXHAUSTION

HANGOVER

HEAT

HUNGER

ILLNESS

INEBRIATION

LETHARGY

OVERSTIMULATION

PAIN

RELAXATION

STRESS

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