EMOTION THESAURUS

DESIRE



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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:
To covet, wish, or long for

NOTES:
The object of desire can be a person, a thing, or an intangible (prestige, acceptance, etc.)

PHYSICAL SIGNALS AND BEHAVIORS:
Lips parting
Firm eye contact centered on the object
Hands moistening
Stroking one’s arm as a surrogate for the object of desire
Mirroring the object’s movements (if a person)
Trembling
Lowering one’s voice when speaking
Leaning in or forward
Moving closer to erase distance
Relaxing one’s posture
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INTERNAL SENSATIONS:
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MENTAL RESPONSES:
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CUES OF ACUTE OR LONG TERM DESIRE:
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MAY ESCALATE TO:
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CUES OF SUPPRESSED DESIRE:
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MAY DE-ESCALATE TO:
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ASSOCIATED POWER VERBS:
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