EMOTION THESAURUS

ANTICIPATION



Never struggle with Show-and-Tell again. Sign up and activate your free trial, Sign in as a subscriber to view the Emotion Thesaurus in its entirety, or visit the Table of Contents to explore unlocked entries.

START MY 2-WEEK FREE TRIAL

HELPFUL TIP:

The inner landscape of your characters (especially your protagonist) is the lifeblood that runs through your story. Emotions, and how they're expressed, are tied deeply to a character’s personality and which positive traits and negative traits will manifest. To bring your readers in deeper through shared experience, consider filtering the setting descriptions through your character’s emotions while also exploring important colors, textures, and shapes through his or her senses.
DEFINITION:
Hopeful expectation; to await eagerly

PHYSICAL SIGNALS AND BEHAVIORS:
Sweaty palms
Trembling hands
Crossing and uncrossing one’s legs
Frantic planning for the event
List-making
Clasping one’s hands to the chest
Being unable to think or talk about anything else
Fidgeting as if movement will make things go faster
Bouncing on one’s toes
A bright-eyed look, engaging with others or the environment
Fussing with clothes, rearranging things
Waiting at a window, hovering at the door or by the phone
...

INTERNAL SENSATIONS:
...

MENTAL RESPONSES:
...

CUES OF ACUTE OR LONG TERM ANTICIPATION:
...

MAY ESCALATE TO:
...

CUES OF SUPPRESSED ANTICIPATION:
...

MAY DE-ESCALATE TO:
...

ASSOCIATED POWER VERBS:
...